Following the media storm and far-flung support for Llanfyllin’s historic Lonely Tree – blown over in February’s storms – it is now being celebrated with a book being launched at the top of the hill – where else!
During the great storm in February, the small Welsh town of Llanfyllin in mid Wales lost its Lonely Tree which had stood high above the town for hundreds of years. It was where marriages had been proposed and ashes scattered and it had become the much-loved emblem of the town. Hugging the tree could bring good fortune. The local community was devastated by the loss and made desperate efforts to save its Lonely Tree. The reaction of the town caused another storm – a media storm.
A very famous tree
- The tree made headlines and was featured not only in the local press but also on BBC 1, BBC Wales, BBC 5 Live, The Guardian/Observer and as far away as Norway.
- Contributions to the Lonely Tree Fund have come from around the world, including Singapore
- The tree has been nominated for European Tree of the Year 2015.
Hilltop book launch: April 18th
- A brilliantly-designed book about Lonely Tree has now been produced which is full of stunning photographs and moving stories.
- The book will be launched on top of Greenhall Hill by the Lonely Tree at 3pm on Good Friday April 18th 2014. It was once a local tradition that on Good Friday the people of the town would make the steep walk up to the Lonely Tree and picnic together and this book launch will re-create that tradition.
- Those arriving at the Lonely Tree will enjoy a slice of Lonely Tree Cake, will be given a ribbon to tie to the fallen tree and asked to make a wish.
- Mayor of Llanfyllin Ann Williams and Montgomeryshire County Chairman Peter Lewis will speak about the importance of the tree and what has been done to save it.
- The views from Greenhall Hill are tremendous and the sight of local people surrounding their fallen tree – brightly decorated with ribbons – should be a moving picture and provide a great photo opportunity.
Facts and Figures
the British Tree Register[amended] the Woodland Trust’s Ancient Tree hunt website the Lonely Tree is listed as ‘Tree 133160. Scots Pine. Veteran Tree.’
- Lonely Tree was first marked on Ordnance Survey map of Llanfyllin after survey made 1872-1885.
- Lonely Tree was being written about as early as 1896, when it was described as ‘ancient…friendly…patient…brave…loyal’
- 6 loads of local soil (60 tons in total) have been brought up the 250m hill and packed around the remaining roots.
- The hope is that a new tree will ‘phoenix’ from the trunk of the old tree.
Approaching Llanfyllin from the east (Oswestry/Welshpool), park in the Workhouse car park below the Lonely Tree which is on Greenhall Hill to the north. Walk back along the road for about 300 yards, then turn first left downhill, past a cottage and cross the river by a small bridge. Turn left along a single track road. After about 200 yards, a sign on your right will point your way up to the Lonely Tree.
We hope to see you at the Lonely Tree at 3pm on Good Friday April 18th 2014!
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