Lonely Tree

Lonely Tree
Field outside Llanfyllin (geograph 3098637) (cropped).jpg
The Lonely Tree atop Green Hall Hill in 2012
SpeciesScots pine (Pinus sylvestris)
LocationLlanfyllin, Powys, Wales
Coordinates52°45′45″N 3°15′02″W / 52°45′45″N 3°15′02″W / 52.7624; -3.2506
Date seededBefore 1815
Date felledFebruary 2014
CustodianLlanfyllin Town Council

The Lonely Tree was a Scots pine on a hill near Llanfyllin, Powys, Wales. Visible from much of the town it was a local landmark with several traditions attached to it. The tree was blown over during a storm in February 2014, and despite efforts to save it, the tree was found to be dead in June 2015. The tree was voted Welsh Tree of the Year for 2014 and finished tenth in the European Tree of the Year awards for 2015. Seventeen saplings have been planted nearby in the hope that one will grow to replace the tree.

Description and history

The Lonely Tree was a Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) located on top of the 250-metre (820 ft) high Green Hall Hill overlooking the town of Llanfyllin in Powys, Wales and was visible from much of the town.[1][2][3] The tree is thought to have seeded before 1815 and was classed as a veteran tree.[1][2] The tree was 2.65 metres (8.7 ft) in girth and was noted to have been suffering from decaying wood in its crown and from hollowing of its branches.[1]

The tree was a popular local landmark and also an attraction for hill walkers.[3] The site was used as a scout camp site and part of the cross country course for the local school. It was also the site of one of the millennium beacons.[1] Many traditions attached themselves to the tree with local people carving their initials on it, proposing marriage near it and having their ashes scattered there.[2] The tree was used as the symbol of Llanfyllin Town Council.[1]

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