Photo: John Mayer Photography
Netty's Tree on Eriskay has been named as Scotland's Tree of the Year. The spruce tree will go on to compete against trees in Ireland, Wales and England to be the UK's European Tree of the Year.
Originally nominated by Eoina Wilson, the spruce was, until recently, the only tree on the island.
It was planed over 100 years ago by poet, priest and land rights activist, Father Allan MacDonald. Netty MacDonald lived on the nearby croft and encouraged all the island’s children to play on the tree as their cries and laughter reminded her of her own family who had grown up and moved away to work.
On announcing the four national winners last night (Wednesday October 17), BBC's One Show opened voting for the public to decide which of the four trees should represent the UK in the European contest which is run by the Environmental Partnership Association.
George Anderson of Woodland Trust Scotland said: “Having a tree to climb as a child seems like something many of us take for granted. When there is only one tree where you live, that connection becomes quite special.
Imagine the generations of youngsters with memories of this tree. It is a very worthy winner. Now let’s get Netty’s Tree through to Europe!”
The Tree of the Year competition is run in support of the Charter for Trees, Woods and People – an initiative that sets out 10 tree principles to embed in our society for a future where people and trees are stronger together.
To vote for Netty's Tree, sign up here.