The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) has announced that voting has officially commenced on Sunday 18 April for the 2021 Victorian Tree of the Year.
This year, nine significant trees have been shortlisted for this coveted award, with six of the finalists hailing from metro Melbourne and three from regional Victoria, all providing their local communities with serenity and respite.
Simon Ambrose, CEO of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), said the Victorian Tree of the Year is a fantastic opportunity for us to slow down and appreciate the natural wonders that surround us.
“The Victorian Tree of the Year contest aims to raise awareness of the conservation of the state’s natural heritage and promote the benefits that trees provide to our culture and way of life,” said Mr Ambrose.
“After an incredibly challenging 2020, I’m sure many Victorians can relate to having a renewed sense of appreciation for our gorgeous trees, as for many they were welcome companions on our countless lockdown walks.”
“We encourage all Victorians to get behind this competition to recognise the beautiful green leafy members of our community,” Mr Ambrose added.
Voting is open until Sunday 2 May 2021 and the winner will be announced shortly after.
The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) is the state’s leading advocate for the protection of trees. Since 1982, the Trust has classified over 1,400 trees across Victoria on the National Trust Significant Tree Register.