Is Sherwood Forest Home To The Tree Of The Year?
Parliament Oak in Sherwood Forest is on the shortlist for this year's Tree of the Year competition.
The Woodland Trust who put on the competition wrote this about the great tree, "According to the venerable website ‘Nottinghamshire History’, King John, while hunting in the forest, was informed by a messenger of a revolt of the Welsh, and of an insurrection in the north of England; that he hastily summoned a parliament to meet under this tree, and that it owes its name to that incident."
They went on to add, "It has also been suggested that it’s more likely that the tree was named after the more famous and important parliament of Edward I in 1290. Now in the care of the Sherwood Forest Trust, the tree, although in the shadow of its more famous neighbour the Major Oak, is still thought to be over 1,000 years old and as equally valuable in its own right."
As the Trust wrote, the tree may be not be as well known as its neghbour it has the chance to follow in its footsteps as the Major Oak won the competition back in 2014.
Last year the Sycamore Gap Tree in Northumberland won the prize.
Parliament Oak will have to beat off competition from, Meavy Royal Oak (Dartmoor), The Witches Broom (Surrey), The Gilwell Oak (Essex), Evelyn's Mulberry (London), The Courageous Tree (Cumbria), Crowhurst Yew (East Sussex), Scotney Castle Hornbeam (Kent), Derriford's Plymouth Pear (Devon) and Stratton Strawless Cedar (East Anglia).
Vote for Parliament Oak here
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