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Newtown's Black Poplar up for Wales Tree of the Year

Created on 11/09/2019 @ 08:28
Newtown's Black Poplar tree has been shortlisted in the Wales Tree of the Year 2019, following on from the success of the Brimmon Oak which won the Wales, UK and European Tree of the Year.

The tree is situated in the Gravel car park, close to the river, and is prominent in the town.

"This tree is a prominent feature of Newtown town centre. The black poplar is one of Britain’s rarest and most endangered native species in uncultivated environments, with fewer than 7,000 in Britain," states the Woodland Trust.

"Rarely can it be said that a tree has moved from one side of the river to another. Following great floods in 1960 and 1964, flood prevention works diverted the course of the river so the tree originally on north riverbank is now on the south.

"Later, after representation by the town council, it survived plans to fell and tarmac the site. In 2016 the town council took action to preserve the gene line by propagating cuttings with co-operation of a local garden centre – a story of survival."

The tree is up against six others from throughout Wales.

Voting is open for the tree up to 27 September. A link to the Woodland Trust site can be found here:

"The winning tree in each country will be eligible for a Tree Care award of £1,000, whilst selected runners-up will be awarded £500, subject to eligibility," said the Woodland Trust.

"The award can be used to arrange a health check from an arboriculturalist, provide interpretation or educational materials or simply just hold a community celebratory event in honour of the tree."

If it wins, the tree will also go forward to the UK Tree of the Year.


Photo: The Black Poplar at thre Gravel car park (© Robin Stott, Geograph)