Lonely Tree of Llanfyllin is named Welsh Tree of the Year
The Lonely Tree of Llanfyllin has been named Welsh Tree of the Year by The Woodland Trust.
Earlier in the year Powys's famous Lonely Tree was voted Wales's third favourite special place as part of a bid to find the country's most treasured landmark.
The tree has been the subject of a campaign to save it after it was felled in winter storms.
The Scots pine was blown over in February's storms, sparking sadness and concern for many people in Llanfyllin and beyond.
Many people were distraught to hear the tree looked to have been lost.
But that sadness turned to hope when it emerged that some of the tree's roots remained intact and there was chance of survival if those roots could be protected.
A campaign was launched to save the tree and local people and firms volunteered equipment and time to cover its remaining roots with soil in the hope that the tree will survive.
An internet campaign was launched to help pay for the work and hundreds of pounds was donated from around the world, many donations coming from ex-pats of Mid Wales who wanted to do their bit to save the landmark.
Llanfyllin town mayor Ann Williams said: "The Lonely Tree is such a strong symbol of how much a community can stick together and keep something alive."
- Read more about the Lonely Tree of Llanfyllin here
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