Last chance to vote for rare Northumberland tree in national competition

Raegan and Casey with the Black Poplar at Acklington First School.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Raegan and Casey with the Black Poplar at Acklington First School.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Time is running out to vote for a Northumberland endangered tree, which has reached the final of a national competition.

Today (Sunday) is the last chance to back the rare black poplar, which has been growing in a field at Acklington for an estimated 250 to 300 years, in the annual Tree of the Year contest, run by the Woodland Trust.

As the Gazette reported in September, the tree is now in the grounds of Acklington Church of England First School, which was built in 1852, and the school has incorporated it in their new logo.

There are thought to be only 2,500 black poplars left in the UK, making it one of the country’s rarest native trees.

The Acklington black poplar is the only finalist from the North East and voting only takes place online. The winning tree will be announced later this year.

A school spokesman said: “The tree may be an outsider in the competition (being so far north and situated in a sparsely populated area) but it has done really well to reach the final and, with your help, who knows…?”

The Black Poplar at Acklington First School.'Picture by Jane Coltman

The Black Poplar at Acklington First School.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Vote for Acklington’s Black Poplar by visiting the Woodland Trust website: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/tree-of-the-year/england/