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Lincolnshire oak nominated for Tree of the Year 2016

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A Lincolnshire oak has been nominated for England’s Tree of the Year award 2016.

Bowthorpe Oak in Bourne was nominated by Sue Cork and stands in a field in Manthorpe, near Bourne.

The 1,000-year-old tree has a hollow trunk and, through the years, has been used for parties.

Ten trees have been made finalists in England’s Tree of the Year, an annual search for the nation’s best loved tree, organised by the Woodland Trust.

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.

The winning tree in each country will benefit from a “Tree LC” care grant of £1,000.

All runner-up trees that receive more than 1,000 votes will be eligible for a grant of £500.

The grant can be used to arrange a tree health check or advice from an tree expert, provide educational materials or hold a celebratory event in honour of the tree.

Clara Govier, head of charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, which is supporting this year’s award, said: “We’re delighted our players are supporting the Woodland Trust and providing the opportunity for communities all over Great Britain to celebrate these fantastic trees and care for them long into the future.”

Online voting closes on October 9.