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Great Brimmon Oak named UK Tree of the Year

Created on 18/12/2016 @ 15:20
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The Great Brimmon Oak that resulted in the Newtown bypass being moved several metres from its route to save the tree has been named UK Tree of the Year.

The Oak, which attracted widespread coverage as part of a campaign mounted by Mervyn Lloyd Jones to save the tree that is more than 500 years old, was awarded the title following a public vote which led to it being named Welsh Tree of the Year on a Channel Four documentary on Saturday night, and then crowned UK Tree of the Year by the Woodland Trust.

"This is great news and we're so pleased at the Great Brimmon Oak being named Welsh Tree of the Year and overall Tree of the Year. It goes to show how much people think about the Oak and its special place in our heritage. Thank you everyone who has supported the campaign to save the Oak and who voted for it," he said.

Beccy Speight, Woodland Trust chief executive, said: "Trees are inspirational in so many ways and our four winners clearly demonstrate how we cherish these natural landmarks."

Each winning tree will get a care grant of £1,000 and will represent the UK in the European Tree of the Year competition in February.

The Brimmon Oak was one of six Welsh trees shortlisted, along with The Gregynog Oak at Tregynon, Powys.

Mervyn launched a campaign when it became apparent the planned Newtown bypass would come so close to the tree at Brimmon, above the Vastre, that it would kill the tree due to the roots being damaged.

After a campaign and a petition, the Welsh Government agreed to move the bypass by over 15 metres from the roots.

Photo: Mervyn Lloyd Jones by the Great Brimmon Oak before work began on the Newtown bypass (Photo ©Owain Betts)

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