| European Tree of the Year 2017|
Poster designed by Lara Mae Harris
| To Vote for The Brimmon Tree|
European Tree of the Year 2017
Voting is between
1st February and 28th February 2017
Vote for 2 trees, need to confirm your vote
following receipt of an e-mail after voting.
Results on the 21st March 2017
|Sam Gomm writes:|
Here is a Poem about The Brimmon Oak Tree from a daughter of a friend of mine, Rob Scott. Lily Jo Scott is aged 10.
A tree from our car in the distance, can't you see its tiny
A tree I see its getting bigger, look at its shadow its such a strange figure
A tree by me its growing leaves they are swooshing around in the cool windy breeze
A tree I see as big as me, why, how, its growing its thriving with glee
A tree by as big as Dad, will it carry on growing? It better had!
A tree I see its really tall, now towering high, I'm really small
A tree by me that stretches out to the sky, if I climb it, I'll be really high
A tree I see that has stopped growing, but its always mine without it knowing.
4th February 2017.
The Brimmon Oak
Outside the daffodils shine bright,
The bright yellows contrast with the sunlight,
As they move swiftly with the breeze,
Surrounded by their brothers, the trees.
The Brimmon oak is an ancient brother,
Yet is still one of their many lovers,
Loved by all he stands tall,
proudly watching over Newtown
as the world he once knew falls apart,
five hundred years, maybe more,
to me it sounds like such a bore!
But imagine the stories our brothers could tell
if only they could talk,
I would never want them to stop,
there would be no talk and walk,
When you're sad, do you go on a walk?
Watch as the fish swims away form the stalk,
I walk up to my brother,
And he always cheers me up,
just like a mother would
He stands clearly on top of a Hill on the Jones family farm,
He's always there for when you need a helping hand,
so what I'm trying to say is..
OUR TREES ARE OUR BROTHERS WE NEED TO HELP THEM
WITHOUT THEM WE WOULD NOT HAVE:
low amounts of Carbon Dioxide
Good air and water quality
This was written Lara May Harris who also designed our poster
15th March 2017
These are the 16 countries which are competing for the title of
The European Tree of the Year 2017
Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, England,
Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary,
Ireland, Lithuania, Northern Ireland, Poland,
Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Wales.
The Brimmon Oak:
pedunculate oak (Quercus robur),
over 500 years old, Newtown, Powys, Wales, UK
new bypass was 'bent' to save this ancient pollarded oak
known as 'the
It has been cared for by one family for generations - they
even have wedding photographs from 1901 that were taken under its
canopy. But in 2015 it was threatened by a new bypass.
Mervyn Jones, who
farms the land, campaigned hard to save the tree with 'tree hunter' Rob
McBride and following a
5,000 signature petition to the Welsh Assembly,
the bypass route was adjusted.
Photograph: Tracey Williams /
Environmental Partnership Association
| BBC Radio Shropshire|
3rd February 2017
Rob McBride: The Brimmon on the programme.
|So, what's Nick Clegg up to these days?|
3rd February 2017
Nice one Nick!
|6th February 2017|
Our grateful thanks to Newtown Morrisons
for kindly agreeing to display our banner
Rob McBride @treehunters at Newtown Morrisons
|BBC Radio 2, |
6th February 2017
The four trees covered in the programme:
Scotland, Northern Ireland,
Big thank you to BBC Radio 2 and Chris Evans
for putting this programme together.
Great coverage for The Brimmon Oak and
we won a lot of votes through this live interview ...
total votes to date:
1.Brimmon Oak....3828....2.Czech Republic ....2814 ....
Please keep sharing the links to vote and once again thank you for your treeemendous support.
| 11th February 2016|
The Brimmon Tree On here in Holland at 2pm
With the Song And the link to vote
Thanks DJ Herman Smeets
Photo courtesy of Owain Betts
|14th February 2016 |
I have been given 100 postcards of Czech tree to promote it....
so, I have 'modified' the back of the card...
Tady tento strom posunul
'The tree that moved a motorway'
please vote also for the
Might give them out at TV interview tomorrow at their tree in
Welcome Zralé Mango to the group.
Voting for the Brimmon Oak on a train to Breclav
with a very Crazy tree hunter.
There's always one bad acorn.... sorry, apple!
| 15th February 2016|
Rob McBride writes: Treemendous day today promoting
The European tree of the Year contest
Lipka Czech Rep.
With the Environmentsl Partnership Association also
Nadace. National TV and local school kids and teachers came
to sing and
play music for me.
I also managed to promote the Brimmon Oak via my
and new Craghoppers printed fleece.
| 17th February 2017|
22 Chwefror 2017
Ffilmio / Filming Y Brimmon Elin Fflur a'r criw.
Mervyn Lloyd Jones
Rory, Ken with Mervyn's cousin Bethan
and his Aunty Blanche, who used to play shop
around the base of the tree as a child.
Rob McBride having a chat with Elin Fflur
Y RhaglenThe Programme
Elin Flur at The Monty Club, Newtown
being introduced from the S4C Studio, Llanelli.
Live broadcast from The Monty Club
Earlier filming shown first
View of The Brimmon Oak's surroundings
Rory Francis, Woodlands Trust
"The Brimmon Tree" sung by Sam Gomm,
was featured in the programme
Mervyn Jones, Landowner
Ken Davies, local historian
UK and Welsh Tree of the Year 2016
Back live at The Monty Club
Elin Fflur, S4C
Heini Evans, Woodland Trust
In the background are Sam Gomm and Bryn Dando
who arranged for us to appear on Heno
Mai Jones, owner of The Monty Club
Elin interviews Rob McBride, Treehunter
| |Friday 24th February 2017
Article instigated by Heini Evans,
Coed Cadw PR & Communications Officer
24th February 2017
25th February 2017
26th February 2017
| ||Presenter |
Gerallt Pennant gave an update from last week's programme and reminded listeners to vote for
The Brimmon Oak
European Tree of the Year competition.
BBC RADIO CYMRU
Excellent piece on the Radio Cymru current affairs programme Post Cyntaf
8.00am in the today's papers section.
Summarises our plight as a
result of an article in The Times, urging people to look up the
story of the tree and to vote for The Brimmon. Brilliant.
| ||Presenter Dylan Ebenezer said that as it was The Oscar Ceremonies today, he could see a red carpet by the tree.|
|How it started..|
Rob McBride, treehunter
The day I FIRST saw the Brimmon Oak, 6th May 2009,
I recorded it onto the
Ancient Tree Hunt (ATH) website, luckily.
Mervyn Lloyd Jones then found
and the rest is history as they say...apart from the fact
there are only TWO DAYS remaining to
VOTE for the Brimmon Oak.
28th February 2017
The last day for voting for the
European Tree of The Year 2017
and Rob McBride
is still campaigning.
Another 'The Brimmon Tree' airing
17th March 2017
Radio Cymru: Mark Griffiths
18th March 2017
|Radio and TV Interviews|
Radio Cymru and potentially BBC Wales and S4C
19th March 2017
with Craig Duggan
for transmission 20th, 21st, 22nd March 2017
Ken (left) with Craig
Ianto assists his father Craig.
Preparing to interview Mervyn
The Brimmon buds are here!
Mervyn's dream comes true.
19th March 2017
| BBC RADIO CYMRU|
21 Mawrth 2017
Ken interviewed by Craig Duggan
| BBC 1 WALES|
21st March 2017
Mervyn being interviewed by Craig Duggan
Photo courtesy of Soraya Glynn
|The Brimmon Brussels Boys |
Depart For The Award Ceremony
20th March 2017
| EUROPEAN TREE OF THE YEAR 2017|
21st March 2017
The Brimmon Brussels Boys arrive
THE MUCH AWAITED RESULT
Rob McBride: Brimmon Oak an amazing
2nd place in European Tree of the Year 2017.
you for all of your support and votes...
as the song says ..
Oh what a
night!...and early morning!
Many congrats to the Polish Tree of the
European tree of the year 2017...
| |Click here to see Mervyn's awardLadislav Miko and Natalie Pauwels
moderated the whole ceremony.The moment of truth....Runner up European Tree of the YearRob gives his support
Heini Evans (Woodland trust ) Rob McBride,
Julie Ward MEP and Mervyn.
Mervyn was asked by Julie Ward
"Have you received any help from your MEP
in your fight to save The Brimmon Oak?"
Mervyn's reply was "Who is my MEP?"
Julie promised to help us if needed
Heini Evans, Coed Cadw, with Mervyn
Ladislav Miko with Mervyn
Mervyn with Mark Tree Meyer
The Lime Tree representatives
from the Czech Republic
who came 3rd
Klub Gaja and Wisiniowa folks celebrating being
Champion European Tree
of the Year 2017.
Lovely folks who Rob met recently in South Eastern Poland
next to Oak Jozef...
EUROPEAN TREE OF THE YEAR
During WWII the oak became shelter for a Jewish family
hiding from the Nazis.
Also the oak's image was printed on
Polish 100 zloty bill.
Presently oak Józef is admired by many visitors
and serves as model for photos and paintings.
|European Tree Of The Year|
|Oak Josef, Poland |
The Brimmon Oak, Wales
The Lime Tree, Czech Rep.
The Ceron Park Saman, France
The Sycamore Gap Tree, England
The Holm Oak, Northern Ireland
The Venerable Sessile Oak, Bulgaria
The Ding Dong Tree, Scotland
Plane Tree, Slovakia
Aprisquillo Pine, Spain
Russalka Oak, Estonia
The Village Lime Tree, Belgium
Stelmuze Oak, Lithuania
Plane Tree Jazsai Mari Square, Hungary
Hugh O'Flaherty's Trees, Rep. Ireland
Climbing Beech, Germany
At the Beer Factory....
Heini Evans, Coed Cadw, sharing info with Mervyn
as Rob gives the Victory sign
Mervyn with Paul Powelsland
22nd March 2017
Environmentally Sensitive Area
All quiet on the Western Front
Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Sally: "John (Maguire) is in a beautiful part of the world.
He's in Powys in Wales."
John Maguire introduces the Brimmon Oak
"Is this the European Tree Of The Year?"
John holds a Treehunter postcard of The Brimmon Oak
"This by-pass was putting the tree at risk"
"The Brimmon Oak is runner-up in the
European Tree of the Year 2017.
A fantastic result. Our thanks to the
16,203 people who voted for the Brimmon Oak."
Ken: "A wedding photograph was taken in 1901
of Mervyn Lloyd Jones's great Aunt"
Sally: "Wasn't that photograph amazing?"
Dan: " Lovely bit of tree based history."
"The tree's only here today because Mervyn and Rob
set up a campaign and petitioned the Welsh Assembly".
"Without Rob McBride, Treehunter,
we would not be here today talking about this tree."
"Trees like this, which are over hundreds of years old,
should be protected."
"Another thing that is unique about this tree,
is that it has a song written about it,
by Sam Gomm, called 'The Brimmon Tree' ".
Chris read out the following text from Ken Davies:
Hi Chris, please thank the 16,203 people
across the world who voted for
Newtown's Brimmon Oak to be
Runner up in The European Tree of the Year 2017
What a Journey
Mervyn's Diary of events.....
Monday 20th March. Tree talk in Droitwich ...stayed overnight in Ashford.
Tuesday 21st March. Early morning ferry 7am to Calais, landed around 8.30am. Then travelled to Brussels, arrived around 2pm.
Had a great apartment.
5.30 pm arrived at the European Parliament for a strict security check and then we were escorted to the members lounge for the main event and to be honest everyone seemed to know me through the tree, and what a honour for the tree.
Then it was party time, led astray by Rob Mcbride and all his European friends and had a great evening with great company.
Wednesday 22nd March. 9am Conference Meeting with the EOTY committee, and believe me the competition is getting stronger with Russia entering next year. The meeting finished earlier than we thought, so we decided to go home a day earlier.
On our journey to Calais, Rob received a phone call from BBC Radio 2 for a live interview on Simon Mayo's Drivetime at 5:15pm.
That interview took place in the members lounge on the ferry
Thursday 23rd March, arrived home safely around 1.30am
23rd March 2017
First 'official' visitors to
The European Tree of the Year 2017
"Bit star struck after meeting and getting to hug,
a real local legend.
Not only UK and Welsh Tree of the Year 2016
but now European Tree of the Year 2017,
Runner Up too.
The Brimmon Oak,
the tree that bent a bypass ???"
words by Natalie Dove
Woodlands Trust / Coed Cadw
| Simon Mayo Drive Time next?23rd March 017|
the story was...use Skype, yes ok...
not enough room on phone...delete
5 mins to go live...try install of skype...,not
ok try crew members phone..no luck...
back to my phone..1 min to
Simon starts to introduce me..LINE DROPS OUT!...
5 secs later they
I'm on....I can hear him perfect...
25 Mawrth 2017
|Gerallt and Twm discussed the result of the |
European Tree of the Year competition, thanking listeners for voting.
28th March 2017
|An aerial view|
Rob McBride writes:
For the next few days I will post some CONTENDER trees for the European Tree of the Year competition 2017 contest.
17th March 2017
Photo courtesy of David Lister
| Mighty Oaks from little Acorns grow|
Beautiful Brimmon acorns from 2016