Lonely Tree in Llanfyllin voted one of Wales' top 10 Special Places


Richard Jones

The Lonely Tree has been voted one of Wales’ top 10 Special Places in a major campaign by National Trust Wales to get the country talking about what makes the places in Wales so special – and now the race is on to get it crowned as the top spot.

For the past six weeks the conservation charity’s Special Places campaign has sparked a national conversation that has seen people talking about, and voting for, their own ‘special place’ in Wales.

And now the public are being asked to vote in person at The Corner Shop by Thursday, July 31 or online by Sunday, August 3 to help make The Lonely tree champion as it battles against places such as Dyffryn Gardens, Gower and Hay-on-Wye.

 The top ten is:

1)      Penarth Pier 

2)      Hay-On-Wye 

3)      Mwnt 

4)      Brecon Beacons

5)      Tenby 

6)      Dyffryn House and Gardens

7)      Snowdonia National Park

8)      Cyfarthfa Castle

9)      Gower

10)   The Lonely Tree 

TV wildlife presenter and Special Places judge, Iolo Williams, said: “The Lonely Tree brings back such good memories of my own childhood and being amazed at this lone tree that had stood for over 150 years.

"I think the fact that it blew over only added to its magic as the community came together to spearhead a campaign to keep it alive – even people from across the world donated funds for the cause.

"It would be great to see this little gem of a place take the winning spot this year.”

To vote for their winner, people of The Lonely Tree are being urged to vote via Twitter using #lleoeddarbennig / #specialplaces @NTWales or on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/1nJMU6f

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