NEWTOWN'S black poplar tree has placed third in a national competition

The Town Council put forward the tree for The Woodland Trusts ‘Wales Tree of The Year 2019’ and in November, at an event in Cardiff, hosted by John Griffiths AM.

Cllr Richard White said: “As Deputy Mayor and Head Councillor for The Tree of the Year Award 2019, run under the auspices of the Woodland Trust with sponsorship from The Postcode Lottery, I was pleased to attend the presentation in Cardiff.

"The Town Council had entered Newtown’s black poplar tree which is over one hundred years old and I was delighted when the tree was placed third out of a short-list of seven.

"We were against six other trees including two in the Cardiff area, selected by judges but the final voting was open to all members of the public."

Cllr White added: "We are all aware of the importance of trees to our very existence and third place means we will receive £500 towards the maintenance of the tree.

"On a previous occasion, Newtown’s Brimmon Oak was placed first in the competition and went on to be placed second in a European competition. “