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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

Chirk bridge woman's death 'not suspicious'

The woman's body was found under a bridge Credit: ITV News

Police say the death of a woman, whose body was found under a bridge in Chirk yesterday, is not being treated as suspicious.

The woman was found under the A483 Chirk bypass at around 1.30pm yesterday. The road was closed for several hours while investigations were undertaken.

North Wales Police said the matter was being referred to the North East Wales Coroner.

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Body found under bridge in Chirk

The body of a woman has been found beneath a bridge over the A483 Chirk bypass.

North Wales Police say the body was discovered at around 1.30pm just north of the Halton roundabout. The woman has not yet been identified, but her death is being treated as unexplained.

A stretch of the A483 - between the A5 Halton roundabout and the A539 J1 Ruabon - will be closed while investigations are carried out. Diversions are in place.

Bid to make Welsh oak Europe's best tree

A group of enthusiasts are hoping that a Wales tree could win the European Tree of the Year competition.

They think that one great oak that lies in the picturesque Ceiriog Valley near Chirk has a history that gives it one of the best stories to be found between Cardiff and Kiev... Rob Shelley has been to discover more.

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

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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.

Pensioner rescued from house fire in Chirk

A 65 year-old woman was rescued from a house fire in Chirk in the early hours of this morning. Her condition is described as 'serious' after suffering 'severe smoke inhalation.'

Three fire engines from Chirk, Llangollen and Wrexham were deployed and two hose reel jets were required to extinguish the fire.

A dog, also rescued from the property, is in a 'serious condition' and the RSPCA is being consulted.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Chirk man died from stab wound

Danny Jones is thought to have been killed in an attack in Oswestry. Credit: Family photograph

Police say they believe a man who died from a stab wound after an attack in Oswestry on Wednesday evening is 21-year-old Danny Jones, from Chirk, near Wrexham.

He died after arriving at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital with a single stab wound to the abdomen.

Formal identification has yet to take place.

His family have been informed, but they do not wish to release a tribute at the moment.

West Mercia Police is continuing to question an 18-year-old, arrested in the Llansilin area in Powys, on suspicion of murder.

Officers are searching for the weapon used, believed to be a knife.

The English force is asking anybody with information to call 101.

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