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25th February 2016

Last few days to vote for the European Tree of the Year

Photo by Frances Wilmot

Cubbington’s wild pear tree in winter

Voting for the European Tree of the Year closes on 29 February, and entries include the Cubbington Pear Tree in Warwickshire, which is threatened by the proposed HS2 route.

The Cubbington Pear, England’s entry, is thought to be over 250 years old, and is a local icon which has stood for generations at the top of a hill near South Cubbington Wood and overlooks the peaceful Leam Valley. It is believed to be the largest wild pear tree in Warwickshire and the second largest in the United Kingdom. Although the Cubbington Pear has a Tree Preservation Order on it, it may be felled if HS2 goes ahead in 2017.

The purpose of the European Tree of the Year competition is ‘to highlight the significance of old trees in the natural and cultural heritage that deserve our care and protection.’ See details of all the UK and other European entries, and cast your vote, for European Tree of the Year 2016

Posted by: Hannah Solloway Hannah is the Development Officer for the Ancient Tree Forum.

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