The annual search for the nation's best loved tree. The winner will compete against trees from all over the Continent for the title of European Tree of the Year, organised by the Environmental Partnership Association.
East Coast Adventure Centre is voting and we are encouraging all our customers and friends to get involved and cast your vote
The Holm Oak, Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor, County Down. Nominated by Alistair Livingstone on behalf of LIGHT 2000 Community Group
Standing on the left, just inside the main Fairy Glen entrance to Kilbroney Park, this wonderful evergreen Holm Oak and has been much loved by many generations of Rostrevor locals. It has a girth of 3.6 metres with a typical snakeskin bark. It is a distinctive oak because of the 45° angle at which it leans, making it safe and easy for young children to climb. Unfortunately one of the huge boughs has become enormously heavy with age and is now in need of some assistance. Kilbroney Park is home to many remarkable trees, but this tree was unanimously chosen as the favourite by members of our community group. Tommy Sands, president of the Fiddlers Green International Music Festival, wrote: 'My vote goes for the bendy tree that may be bent but not broken. It was for many years the tree that we gathered under during the Festival for children's concerts, and will be again.