Vote for the Happy Man Tree as Tree of the Year before Sept 24
The Happy Man Tree is the only street tree, and the only tree under threat, shortlisted for the Woodland Trust’s Tree of the Year for England.
Now is the time for recognition to be given to the value that street trees bring to urban landscapes in terms of their environmental benefits, their beauty and the cultural importance they hold for local communities.
So vote now and make it England's Tree of the Year 2020 in the Woodland Trust's annual competition. The Happy Man Tree (and the planet) will thank you for it.
The Happy Man Tree, Hackney, London
Currently earmarked for felling, the plight of this 150 year old Plane has awakened something in a community that couldn’t bear to see it go. The dressing of the tree, and the signs behind it, are testament to the strength of feeling among the local campaigning. As an urban tree, it makes an important contribution to combating air pollution and making grey city streets green. But the community sees it as more than just the sum of it’s parts – it’s part of the estate, part of their collective history.
The threat to the Happy Man Tree highlights how important it is that all housing developments are planned with existing and mature trees at their heart: we all deserve trees and green spaces around where we live, including in our most urban areas.