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The Woodland Trust has announced the ten trees nominated in this year's Tree of the Year competition. The Woodland Trust, based in Grantham, Lincolnshire runs the competition annually, supported by players of the People's Postcode Lottery. The public are invited to vote for their favourite tree of those nominated in England, Scotland and Wales. One category winner will then be selected to represent the U.K. in the European Tree of the Year category.

Among the nominations for England this year are The Shoe Tree in Heaton Park, Newcastle - so called because student throw their footwear into its branches when celebrating their exam results, and The Chained Oak in Alton, Staffordshire - said to have been chained by the Earl of Salisbury to break a curse put on it. The Chained Oak is also the inspiration for the attraction Hex at nearby Alton Towers.

The Woodland Trust campaigns to protect woods and trees across the country. It has planted over 43 million trees since 1972 and is the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK. 

Read full details of the nominations and cast your vote here

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