The winner of England’s Tree of the Year contest has been announced as the “spectacular” Allerton Oak in Liverpool.
The tree in Calderstones Park received more than 34% of the 11,000 votes cast in the annual competition, run by the Woodland Trust.
Members of the public were asked to nominate trees with fascinating stories.
The Colchester Castle Sycamore, growing on the walls of the Essex stronghold, came second while the mythical Dragon Tree on the Isle of Wight was a “close third”.
There are separate winners from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but judges confirmed the Allerton Oak will represent the UK in the European Tree of the Year contest which begins in February.
So far no British tree has scooped the top prize at European level, although Wales’s Brimmon Oak has come close, earning second place in 2017.
Award-winning horticulturist and TV personality David Domoney, who has supported the competition throughout, said:
The entrants this year have been outstanding and illustrate perfectly the unique nature of our native trees.