VOTING HAS ENDED FOR WELSH TREE OF THE YEAR 2014 – BUT YOU CAN VOTE NOW FOR THE LONELY TREE AS EUROPEAN TREE OF THE YEAR 2015
Voting can be made throughout February 2015 by going to this page…
VOTE LONELY TREE FOR WELSH TREE OF THE YEAR 2014!
Llanfyllin’s LONELY TREE is competing to become Woodland Trust WELSH TREE OF THE YEAR 2014
The winning WELSH TREE OF THE YEAR will be entered in the 2015 EUROPEAN TREE OF THE YEAR Competition
THE WINNER will be ‘the most lovable tree, a tree with a story that can bring the community together’
So PLEASE VOTE FOR OUR LONELY TREE and encourage all your contacts to vote
LET’S PUT OUR LONELY TREE ON THE MAP OF EUROPE. VOTE NOW!
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Voting is free and ends September 30th 2014
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Vote Lonely Tree for Welsh Tree of the Year – Europe is waiting!
Did you know that there’s a European Tree of the Year Competition? We didn’t until recently. There is, though, and if you look at their website you’ll find that there are people everywhere who love trees and that there are communities all over Europe who love one tree especially.
The winner of this year’s competition was The Old Elm in the Bulgarian city of Sliven: ‘a centuries old silent witness of the city’s turbulent and heroic past. Events organised around it on occasions of historic and community significance…. It is the place where the mood of the city used to be measured….Today most people arrange their important meetings by the tree.’
The Bulgarian elm was up against some tough competition. There were trees from ten countries, many of them in Eastern Europe, but also including the Tree of Perfect Gaiety in Italy near where St Francis used to pray. The winners in 2013 and 2012 were both Hungarian trees: a plane tree in the town of Eger and a lime tree in the village of Felsomocsolad – population 539. What the winning trees have in common is that they are all treasured parts of their communities.
Here’s what the organisers of the competition say:
‘We are not looking for the oldest, the tallest, the biggest, the most beautiful or the rarest of trees. We are searching for the most lovable tree, a tree with a story that can bring the community together.’ In Llanfyllin we have just such a tree. Our Lonely Tree isn’t the oldest or the rarest but it is, without any doubt, deeply lovable and it has a story that has brought the community together through the centuries.
An Old Story
That story goes back a long way. The Lonely Tree first appeared on the Ordnance Survey about 140 years ago and the tradition of the town community making the climb up to Lonely Tree on Good Friday to picnic together probably started even earlier. The first poem about the ‘dear, dear old tree’ tree was published in 1896 and the most recent in 2014: ‘Not so lonely when it’s just you and me – always listens and never repeats…’ This poem appeared in the recently published Lonely Tree – My Story which is full of photographs and tales of Llanfyllin children playing and climbing; their parents being happy, proposing marriage and – in time – scattering the ashes of their parents under the branches of the old Scots Pine on Greenhall Hill, high above the town. It’s our guardian symbol: the emblem on the Town Council’s letterhead and the Llanfyllin website. Our High School has a Lonely Tree Theatre Club. Exactly a century ago, how many soldiers walked up to the Lonely Tree to look down at Llanfyllin, to think about their lives and their families before they marched away, some of them for ever? Never was a tree less lonely.
Lonely Tree Lives!
Lonely Tree – My Story was published to celebrate the old tree shortly after it was blown over in the great storm of February 2014. Although tons of soil were quickly hauled up the hill to cover the remaining roots, we didn’t know then whether we were also commemorating the end of a long life. Now we know that our tree has survived and is growing. There are still branches to climb and its mottled trunk and handsome crown still look beautiful. There is also a chance that it will ‘phoenix’ – a ‘new’ tree may rise from the fallen one. This is a new and interesting chapter in the life of Lonely Tree – and not the end of the story.
Welsh Tree of the Year
We want this story to reach the wider world. We want communities elsewhere to read about our tree and learn how, for a small Welsh town, it has for so long been a place for celebration and a place for comfort. To do this we need your help. The Lonely Tree is one of eight trees competing in the Woodland Trust’s Welsh Tree of the Year Competition. If we win this competition, then we will be entered in the European Tree of the Year Competition, where all the entries are winners of national contests. Please have a look at the Woodland Trust website www.woodlandtrust.org.uk where, like the European Competition, they are not looking for ‘the oldest, rarest or tallest trees.’ You’ll see five very old oak trees, a very old yew tree, a horse chestnut and our Lonely Tree. All wonderful trees, but we think that only one stands out as ‘the most lovable tree. One that has an interesting story to tell, or one that brings a community together.’ That one tree is our Lonely Tree.
Europe is Waiting!
Please vote for our Lonely Tree as the Woodland Trust Welsh Tree of the Year. If you are on Facebook or Twitter, please encourage all your contacts to do the same. And if we win this competition, then next year we’ll take on the trees of Hungary and Italy. 140 years ago our tree appeared on a map of a very small part of Wales. Let’s put Lonely Tree on the map of Europe. VOTE NOW!
Lonely Tree Committee
Ann Williams Mayor of Llanfyllin, Peter Lewis Greenhall, Pauline Page-Jones, Dave Goodman, Richard Kretchmer
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