Monday, 3 October 2016

Tree of the Year

The Holm Oak, Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor
Our tree is in the NI final of the Woodland's Trust's competition.  Fancy helping out by voting? Here's the tree's story...


Hi everyone
Isn’t it great! I’m a finalist in Tree of the Year Competition.
I have been chosen by the Woodland Trust as one of the six best trees in Northern Ireland, for this Europe wide competition.

Most of you know me - I’m the old leaning Holm Oak just in on the left at the Fairy Glen entrance to Kilbroney Park and I have been selected from numerous great trees in Northern Ireland for this big Tree of the Year competition.

The Woodland Trust heard that I’m loved by lots of people in Rostrevor and they think I now deserve to become Internationally famous.  

Over the years I have really enjoyed small children and their teachers from local schools talking under my evergreen leaves, as well as musicians playing during Fiddlers Green Festival. Many of you have hidden behind me on summer days or joined the laughter from family groups (or sheltered when it rains), You older ones have often climbed my strong back to swing from my bigger branches. I’ve even seen some of you holding hands and kissing, of an evening!

Now some of my great limbs have become very tired and heavy with age and it feels as if they might need a little bit of remedial help.

I want to win the N.I. final, as then there will be a £1,000 TLC grant for the local community to look after me. If I get 1,000 votes I only receive £500.

So I need as many votes as possible to win
Please get everyone you know over 18 to Vote:

Vote ONLY on the Woodland Trust Website until Sunday 9 October: www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/treeoftheyear

Thanks for voting
Your Holm Oak

12 comments:

  1. I voted for the Holm Oak. I do hope it gets some help. There is a tree in Rochester, Kent, where I once lived just outside the cathedral and it is being propped up and has been for years.

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    1. Thanks for your vote Jo - it'd be great to get the support

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  2. I will go to the link to vote for the Holm Oak, it is such a lovely text, the way it is shown here! And what for a great idea, to have this contest! I confess I am not so good with names of plants, so it's good to learn more here! Hope you have a very nice week, dear Fil!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. I agree with you Denise - I'm hopeless at knowing tree names - didn't even realise this was an oak until this competition :)

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  3. that is so lovely! Of course I will vote!x

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    1. Cheers Kezzie :) The Oak thanks you x

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  4. Hi Fil - me too ... gave your lovely Holm Oak a hefty vote ... I do love this idea of the Woodland Trust ... last year I voted for one of the Scottish ones - via another blogger ... cheers and good luck to Ye Old Holm Oak - Hilary

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    1. It's a great initiative to get people interested isn't it? Thanks Hilary.

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  5. How lovely to meet your Holm Oak - what an amazing being! I wish I was eligible to vote, but as I'm not, I'm forwarding good thoughts and wishes instead.

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    1. good wishes are always gratefully received Deborah :)

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  6. I'd vote if I could ... it's a beautiful tree, indeed !

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    1. thank you, on behalf of the Oak :)

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