England’s #TreeOfTheYear 2020 – The Happy Man Tree, Hackney, London
Currently earmarked for felling, the plight of this 150 year old Plane has awakened something in a community that couldn’t bear to see it go. The dressing of the tree, and the signs behind it, are testament to the strength of feeling among the local campaigning. As an urban tree, it makes an important contribution to combating air pollution and making grey city streets green. But the community sees it as more than just the sum of it’s parts – it’s part of the estate, part of their collective history.
The threat to the Happy Man Tree highlights how important it is that all housing developments are planned with existing and mature trees at their heart: we all deserve trees and green spaces around where we live, including in our most urban areas.
Learn more about our Tree of the Year contest https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/british-trees/tree-of-the-year/