The Old Chestnut of Pontypool crowned Wales’ 2019 Tree of the Year

A 400-year old sweet chestnut tree in Pontypool Park has been crowned as Wales’ 2019 Tree of the Year.

There are many other sweet chestnut trees in the park but from an ecological perspective this one is the most interesting as it is hollow and people can walk inside it.

The park was owned by the Hanbury family until it was given to the people of Pontypool in the early part of the 20th century.

Seven trees were shortlisted for the award.

Trees across the country are constantly under threat of felling due to inappropriate developments. The Wales Tree of the Year competition is all about helping to raise the profile of trees in order to offer them better protection.

Natalie Buttriss Director Wales for the Woodland Trust (Coed Cadw)