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Let's get behind the Brimmon Oak again

Created on 06/02/2017 @ 12:06
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Let's get behind the Brimmon Oak being named European Tree of the Year.

Just weeks after being named UK and Wales Tree of the Year, Newtown Great Brimmon Oak Tree is being backed for the title of European Tree of the Year.

Today, the tree's "guardian" and landowner, Mervyn Lloyd Jones was on BBC Radio 2s Chris Evans to talk about the tree which was saved from likely death after the Newtown bypass was moved slightly to prevent the tree's roots from being damaged.

Situated above the Vastre, the tree was saved last year after Mervyn led a campaign that resulted in the Welsh Government agreeing to move the route of the new road.

Now, a campaign has been launched to get it named European Tree of the Year. Voting started on 1 February and continued until the end of the month.

"We're very pleased to have saved the Brimmon Oak for generations to come and having it named UK Tree of the Year was a great honour. We'd love it to be recognised throughout Europe for even more people to hear about and the support we're receiving for it to be recognised as European Tree of the Year has been amazing so far," said Mervyn.

Details about the title can be found at

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


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