Suffragette Oak is Scottish Tree of the Year
Jim Hume MSP, Annemiek Hoogenboom, People’s Postcode Lottery, and Rory Syme, Woodland Trust Scotland, present representatives of the Glasgow Women’s Library with their trophy.
The Suffragette Oak has been named as the 2015 Scottish Tree of the Year at a ceremony that took place on Tuesday 27 April at the Scottish Parliament.
The tree was planted in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park in 1918 to mark women being granted the right to vote. It was nominated by Glasgow Women’s Library, representatives of which were presented with the Scottish Tree of the Year trophy on Tuesday. Wendy Kirk from Glasgow Women’s Library said:
“We’re thrilled that the Suffragette Oak has been chosen by the public to be Scotland’s Tree of the Year. This beautiful tree is part of the rich fabric of Glasgow’s social and political history, and also women’s history.
“Being part of the competition has been a fantastic and fun-filled opportunity to celebrate, champion and raise awareness of the world-changing achievements of women.
I’m sure that the suffragettes be delighted that a century later the tiny sapling they planted has become the Scottish Tree of the Year.”
The Suffragette Oak will now go up against trees from 15 European countries to decide the 2016 European Tree of the Year. Voting in this competition takes place in February next year.