Cumbria's Top 50 Trees
Please nominate your tree here
About the project
At a time when trees have never been under such threat from climate change, pests and diseases, Cumbria’s Top 50 Trees will inspire you to celebrate the county’s biggest and most magnificent living plants. It will urge you to declare why you love a particular tree, what makes it so special, when it touched your heart and where it is - so others can seek it out and share the magic.
From children climbing branches for conkers, to lovers carving initials on a tree trunk, to ramblers sheltering from a freak hailstorm beneath a cosy canopy of leaves, nearly everyone has a unique memory about a special tree in Cumbria.
With this project we will gather together these precious tree tales and draw out their historical, biological and cultural significance in a new and exciting way.
In order to hear voices that may never have been heard before, trained volunteers will explore every corner of Cumbria. From our website to word-of-mouth whispers and workshops, face-to-face interviews and emails, our ever-growing tree of knowledge will guarantee a living, leafy legacy for current and future generations.
From hundreds - possibly thousands - of stories, we will select Cumbria’s top 50 trees and open them up to public vote to find our most iconic specimen.
We are eager to hear the first of our public nominations so we can begin to unearth the hidden stories about our amazing tree and woodland heritage. These will, in turn, help us to appreciate the vital role that they play in the much-loved environment and cultural landscape of Cumbria.
Call for Volunteers
Record people's favourite trees, their stories and passions and help to share and keep this information forever.
Interested? Complete the contact slip below