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Two of London's mighty oaks in the running for this year's Tree of the Year

Two trees in London are in the running to be named the Woodland Trust's Tree of the Year.

Fallen Oak Credit: Peter Dench

The Fallen Tree in Richmond Park and The North Circular Cork Oak are two of ten shortlisted by the charity for its annual competition celebrating the nation's special trees.

The Fallen Tree in Richmond Park is a 'phoenix' tree - blown over in a great storm the oak clung onto life with its last remaining roots and flourished despite its unusual position.

Now its branches all grow from one side of the trunk, reaching upwards as if each one was a small tree. It's a popular meeting point for friends, resting spot for walkers and picnic spot for families.

North Circular Oak Credit: Peter Dench

The North Circular Cork Oak flourishes at a major junction on the A406 North Circular Road despite being at least 100 years old.

It is the last surviving tree of a putative plantation of cork oaks planted by the Cork Manufacturing Company. Its bark has been described as being like melted toffee, solidified into amazing crags and spiral patterns.

It was listed of one of 41 'Great Trees of London' identified by Trees for Cities after the Great Storm of 1987.

The Fallen Tree and The North Circular Cork Oak are facing competition from eight other specimens.

Here's the full shortlist.

  • Addison's Oak
Credit: Julian Hight
  • Allerton Oak
Credit: Simon Stickland
  • Colchester Castle
Credit: Marion Sidebottom
  • Dragon Tree
  • Drive Oak
Credit: Julian Hight
  • Fallen Oak
Credit: Peter Dench
  • Great Yew, Kingley Vale
Credit: Edward Parker
  • North Circular Oak
Credit: Peter Dench
  • Tallest London Plane
Credit: Ben Lee
  • Twisted
Credit: Marion Sidebottom

Take a closer look at the shortlist and vote for your favourite tree at woodlandtrust.org.uk/treeoftheyear. Voting closes at noon on 27 September.