Monday, February 03, 2014

Vote for Scotland

Vote for the Scottish entry in the European Tree of the Year 2014. 

The European Tree of the Year award is not about the oldest, the tallest, the biggest, the most beautiful or the rarest of trees. They are searching for the most lovable tree, a tree with a story that can bring the community together. The trees participating in the European Tree of the Year are winners of national contests and Scotland's entry is Niel Gow's oak.

Niel Gow was the most famous Scottish fiddler of the 18th century, and today his tunes are played around the globe. Local legend says that many of them were composed under this ancient oak on the River Tay in Perthshire. A seat placed underneath the oak by Forestry Commission Scotland includes a lyric by singer songwriter Michael Marra, “I’ll sit beneath the fiddle tree, with the ghost of Niel Gow next to me”, a tribute to the legacy left to modern musicians by their ancestor.

To vote for Niel Gow's Oak and to find out more information about the award please CLICK HERE.

But don't stop there - there's also Scottish Tree of the Year too! 

This new competition will launch in March 2014 and the winner will be entered into the European Tree of the Year 2015 competition. Communities throughout Scotland will be asked to nominate their favourite tree. A high profile judging panel will decide to short list which will be put to a public vote to decide which one will represent Scotland. The winning tree will be presented at a reception at the Scottish Parliament in November 2014. If you know a tree that could represent Scotland or a group who would be keen to get involved, please email scotland@woodlandtrust.org.uk for more information. 

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