A “magic” tree; an iconic oak; a fallen pine and a trunk in the middle of a football stadium are among the nominee trees battling for the title of European Tree of the Year 2015

Members of the public are being called on to pick their top trunk from 14 trees from countries around Europe to be crowned European Tree of the Year 2015.

Organisers want people to vote for the tree they think has the most fascinating story.

The countries taking part – including England, Scotland and Wales – have each already crowned a national Tree of the Year.

These winners are now going trunk-to-trunk to take the European title, which began accepting votes on 1 February and will remain open until the 28th of the month.

The contest is organised by the Environmental Partnership Association (EPA), which represents a group of environmental foundations in Europe. The Woodland Trust charity is also a partner and organised Tree of the Year votes for England, Wales and Scotland.

Rather than focusing on trees’ beauty or size, the competition aims to celebrate those with interesting stories to highlight the importance of old trees.

England's entry is the 'Major Oak' in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire which was crowned England’s Tree of the Year in November 2014. Famed for its association with the legend of Robin Hood, the tree is thought to be between 800 and 1,000 years old.

Scotland’s nomination is a 100 year old Scots pine called 'Lady’s Tree', which has been home to an osprey named 'Lady' for 24 years, and has sheltered around 50 of its resident bird’s hatchlings during that time. The pine grows in the Loch of the Lowes nature reserve near Dunkeld.

Wales’ entry is another Scots Pine known as the 'Lonely Tree', which is found at the top of a hill overlooking the town of Llanfylin. For 200 years the tree had been a towering landmark on a site where people have proposed marriage and scattered ashes until it was blown down in storms in 2014. But the local community has continued to try to preserve it by covering its roots with over 30 tonnes of soil in the hope the tree will continue to grow despite its new horizontal stature.

2015 is the first year England has had an entry in the contest, which started in 2011. Other countries to enter for the first time in 2015 are Belgium, England, Estonia and Spain.

Bulgaria; Czech Republic; France; Hungary; Ireland; Italy; Poland and Slovakia have also put forward entries.

The tree with the most votes overall will be crowned the winner on 5 March.

You can vote for the European Tree of the Year throughout February at www.treeoftheyear.org

Visit the Woodland Trust website.

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