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Neath's Hollow Oak crowned Wales' Tree of the Year

Credit: Woodland Trust

A Neath tree has been named Wales' 2017 'Tree of the Year' after winning a public vote.

The Hollow Oak in Gnoll County Park received 64% of the votes cast and will benefit from a £1,000 tree care award.

Gnoll Country Park was once owned by a wealthy industrial family, the Mackworths but has since been developed into a country park surrounded by a 18th Century garden and woodlands.

The tree has been completely hollow since the 1950s and has been fitted with bars to act as supports.

Our competition aims to highlight and celebrate our country’s remarkable trees, and to ultimately ensure they are given the recognition and protection they deserve. The passion shown by the people who nominated trees, and the way the public get behind them in the voting process shows how much of an inspiration trees are to people.

– Beccy Speight, Woodland Trust chief executive

We are extremely proud that The Hollow Tree has been crowned ‘Tree of the Year’.

This is a popular feature within the Gnoll Country Park, and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote.

– Cllr Peter Rees, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture at Neath Port Talbot Council

The Hollow Oak was shortlisted in the Wales Tree of the Year competition alongside the Fairy House Tree at Treffos Independent School in Anglesey, the Bleeding Yew of Nevern in Pembrokeshire, the Pulpit Yew at Nantglyn in Denbighshire, the Giant Redwood of Llangattock in Powys and the Bodant Coast Redwood at Bodnant Gardens near Conwy.