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One of the UK’s oldest and biggest wild pear trees has been chosen by the British public as ‘Tree of the Year 2015’ as reported by the Woodland Trust this week.
The winning tree is based in Cubbington, Warwickshire. Known simply as the Cubbington Pear Tree it received over a third of the 10,000 votes cast in the Woodland Trust’s ‘Tree of Year 2015 Contest’.
“Those who voted for our tree clearly care about the protection of our natural environment, and I am truly grateful to them for showing their concern,” said Peter Delow, Cubbington Action Group Chairman.
The tree joins the Suffragette Oak from Scotland, Peace Tree in Northern Ireland and ‘Survival at the Cutting Edge’ from Wales in the European Tree of the Year contest alongside 12 other countries in February 2016.
But as the Cubbington Pear Tree sits on the proposed Phase 1 line of the new HS2 rail link it could be lost once construction gets underway.
Believed to be over 250 years old, the Cubbington Pear Tree is a local icon which has stood for generations at the top of a hill near South Cubbington Wood. It is thought to be the the second largest in the UK.
The Cubbington Pear Tree is one of 20 ancient, veteran or notable trees within the HS2 Phase 1 construction boundary. Another 18 lie within 200m of the proposed phase 2 route.
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photo by F.Wilmot c/o the Woodland Trust