Liverpool’s Allerton Oak has apparently urged people to vote for it in the European tree of the Year competition in what could well be a first for UK television.
ITV’s This Morning visited the 1,000 year old oak in Calderstones Park to highlight the contest, in which the tree is the UK’s contender.
Presenter Alison Hammond explained the competition, the UK round of which is run by the Woodland Trust, and interviewed Liverpool City Council park ranger John Warren. Through ‘tree whisperer’ Holly Worton, Alison asked the Allerton Oak a series of questions about how it felt to be in the competition. It ‘said’ it was honoured to be taking part and asked people to vote.
Woodland Trust lead campaigner Naomi Tilley said: “The Trust has been the voice of trees for a long time, but never have we heard directly from one as we did on This Morning! Liverpool is a proud city with a proud heritage. We know how passionate its people are, and would love to see them get behind the Allerton Oak to help it be champion of Europe. The UK’s trees could do with a bit more love. Since last year’s contest more trees have come down needlessly in our towns and cities and calls to save important trees from infrastructure plans such as HS2 have been rejected. This contest is a great way to join with other European environmental charities in championing our trees and the vital role they play. Please join the chorus, and cast your vote!”