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Llanfyllin Lonely Tree up for 'European Tree of the Year'

After being named Welsh Tree of the year, the Lonely Tree of Llanfyllin has gone on to represent Wales in the European Tree of the Year contest.

The Mid-Wales landmark has witnessed marriage proposals and had ashes scattered underneath it. Credit: Dave Goodman

The Scots Pine stood for over two-hundred years before being blown down by gales in February, 2014.

Locals came together to tip thirty tonnes of soil over the roots and put a fence around it to protect it. It's hoped that the trunk might ‘phoenix’ – with a new tree may rising from the fallen one.

The European competition aims to find the most loveable tree, with a story that brings the community together.

The Powys landmark is competing against thirteen other trees including an oak from England and a chestnut tree in France.

Credit: Dave Goodman

I’m strongly supporting it as Wales’ entry in the European Tree of the Year Award because it symbolises just how important even individual trees can be local communities across Wales and indeed the world.

It was so important to the people of Llanfyllin that, when it blew down, they came together to try and save it, a lesson to us all.

– Iolo Williams, Welsh Nature Observer

Voting for the European tree of the Year competition is open until February, 28. You can vote here.