2020 Victorian Tree of the Year competition voting opens

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) is excited to announce voting is officially open for the 2020 Victorian Tree of the Year, with nine significant trees shortlisted for the coveted title.

The Victorian Tree of the Year contest aims to raise awareness of the conservation of the state’s natural heritage, and the benefits trees provide to our culture and way of life. As Victoria begins to recover from the devastating impact of the summer bushfires and learns to navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s competition holds special significance in celebration of nature’s giants that adorn local communities today.

2020 marks the first year in which all nine shortlisted trees are based in Regional Victoria.

The nominees vying for the desirable 2020 Victorian Tree of the Year title have been selected for a wide range of reasons from having an impressive canopy or unique history, to being the biggest or oldest of its kind in Victoria.

The shortlist also features several trees from bushfire-affected regions, including the Spotted Gums in Buchan South. These are the only known natural occurrence of the species in Victoria, and despite being badly burnt in the summer bushfires, are already showing encouraging signs of regeneration.

Simon Ambrose, CEO of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), said the Victorian Tree of the Year provides an opportunity for the community to celebrate the great natural wonders that enrich our lives.

“During this time of uncertainty and self-isolation, the contest is a chance for people to stay connected to the environment and have some fun by celebrating our state’s significant trees.”

“The 2019 Victorian Tree of the Year was the River Red Gum in Bulleen, a magnificent tree with a 300 year history that received 1045 out of a total 3,669 votes. We look forward to seeing which 2020 nominee captures the heart of Victorians.” said Mr Ambrose.

The National Trust is the state’s leading advocate for the protection of trees, celebrating the positive impact they have on our lives. To date, the National Trust has classified more than 20,000 trees in 1,200 places across the state in the Significant Tree Register.

Voting for the 2020 Victorian Tree of the Year will take place from Tuesday 14 April to Sunday 10 May with the winner announced at the end of May.

To view the shortlist visit nationaltrust.org.au/treeoftheyear. Votes can be cast via the National Trust Victoria Facebook page. Join in on the conversation using #VictorianTreeOfTheYear.

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