The Cubbington Pear Tree, which won English Tree of the year in 2015 has now gone forward to contend for European Tree of the Year 2016, with voting taking place throughout February.
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As was the case with the English competition, the tree which is threatened by the HS2 rail line, is the only one of the finalists under threat of being felled, despite the fact there is a preservation order which is meant to protect it. In 2015, the Cubbington Pear Tree was up against some of the most famous and historically significant trees in the country. It received over a third of the overall vote, getting more than twice as many votes as the second-placed Tolpuddle Martyrs Tree, which is recognised as the birthplace of the international trade union movement, and more than three times as many votes as the 2000 year-old third-placed Ankerwycke Yew at Runnymede, which was once worshipped by druids and was witness to the signing of the Magna Carta 800 years ago.
Over the last few years, the Cubbington Pear Tree in Warwickshire has become the poster-boy for all the trees, which according to HS2 Ltd themselves includes 97 ancient woodlands, that are under threat from the HS2 project. Campaigners believe that the fact the Cubbington Pear beat so many historically significant trees in England shows the strength of public opposition to the natural destruction HS2 would wreak.
With there being countless woodlands and trees threatened by controversial developments similar to HS2 all over Europe, it is hoped that the Cubbington Pear Tree will now come to symbolise anger across the continent, that the natural environment is not given the protection it deserves when megaprojects come along.