Ceiriog Valley tree in the running for Tree of the Year

Seven months after one of Wales' most iconic oak trees, the Pontfadog Oak was blown down in a storm, one of its neighbours, the Oak at the Gate of the Dead, in the Ceiriog Valley has been entered into the European Tree of the Year Award.

Thousand year old tree hoping for modern day award

The Oak at the Gate of the Dead. 2014 European Tree of the Year entrant Credit: Rob Shelley, ITV News Wales

Voting has opened for the European Tree of the Year competition and Wales has high hopes for its entrant.

The Oak at the Gate of the Dead sits right in the gateway to the Ceiriog Valley at Castle Mill right on Offas Dyke.

The tree, which is reporter to be between 750 and 1200 years old witnessed a the legendary battle of Crogen in 1165, where an invading English Army was ambushed by Welsh forces in the area.

People are able to vote for the tree, or any others, throughout the whole of February, on the website www.treeoftheyear.org

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Could this Newport tree rival the Chirk oak?

The Caeryder Oak is believed to be 1,000 years old Credit: Viewer picture / Emily Davies

The Caeryder Oak, in Llanhennock, near Newport, is believed to be 1,000 years old. This photograph was sent to us by a local resident who thinks it could rival the the Oak at the Gate of the Dead in the Ceiriog Valley, which has just been nominated in the European Tree of the Year competition.

If you know a tree that can rival the Ceiriog Valley Oak, send us a picture via email to wales@itv.com

Welsh tree nominated for European award

The Oak at the Gate of the Dead has now been nominated as 2014 Welsh entrant Credit: Rob Shelley / ITV News Wales

An oak tree that witnessed a legendary battle in 1165 has been entered into the European Tree of the Year Award.

The Oak at the Gate of the Dead lives in the Ceiriog Valley.

It's believed to have existed during the time of the battle of Crogen, where an invading English Army was ambushed by Welsh forces in the area.

People will be able to vote for the tree, or any others, from February next year on the websiteL www.treeoftheyear.org

The tree witnessed the Battle of Crogen in 1165 Credit: Rob Shelley / ITV News Wales

Oak tree entered into European Tree of the Year Award

The tree is believed to be around 1,000 years old. Credit: Woodland Trust

Seven months after one of Wales' most iconic oak trees, the Pontfadog Oak was blown down in a storm, one of its neighbours, the Oak at the Gate of the Dead, in the Ceiriog Valley has been entered into the European Tree of the Year Award.

It's the first time a Welsh tree has been nominated in the competition which aims to find the most beautiful and rarest of trees, with a story that can bring a community together.

The tree is believed to be around 1,000 years old and it stands at Castle Mill near Chirk.