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Iconic Bowthorpe Oak is fifth in Tree of the Year contest

Bowthorpe Oak, Manthorpe, Bourne EMN-161219-105733001
Bowthorpe Oak, Manthorpe, Bourne EMN-161219-105733001

The iconic Bowthorpe Oak near Bourne will receive a £500 grant from the Woodland Trust after finishing fifth in the contest to crown England’s ‘Tree of the Year’.

The trust, thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, invited the public to choose from 10 trees across England, with the winner, the Sycamore Gap tree in Northumberland, going forward to the European Tree of the Year competition in 2017.

Any tree receiving over 1,000 votes receives a grant of £500 from the Woodland Trust and the Bowthorpe Oak secured a total of 1,150. The grant can be used to arrange a health check from an arboriculturalist, provide interpretation or educational materials or to hold a celebratory event.

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