Sycamore Gap tree featured in DCI Ryan author LJ Ross’ bestselling novel named Tree of the Year


It may seem like a strange concept for an awards ceremony. However, a competition to find the best trees in Britain has captured the imagination.

The Woodland Trust has now announced the winners of the first ever Tree of the Year awards. Four trees have now been chosen to receive the title – one for each country within the UK. They will each get a £1,000 tree care, or Tree LC, grant so they can carry out health checks on the specimens to make sure they are preserved for generations to come.

Sycamore Gap

In England, the winner was the Sycamore Gap tree, which sits along Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland. The tree sits within a dip in the wall. It had a cameo role in the 1991 hit film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, starring Kevin Costner.

Sycamore Gap has also been made famous more recently by international bestselling author LJ Ross. City regulatory lawyer turned author LJ Ross featured the tree in her Amazon bestselling novel Sycamore Gap, which is the second in her DCI Ryan series. The book opens with a body being found in the stones of Hadrian’s Wall. LJ has so far written four DCI Ryan books, with a fifth on the way. All have been set in beauty spots in North East England, where she is originally from.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

In Scotland, the tree which won was the unusually named Ding Dong tree, which is in the grounds of the Prestonpans Primary School. The tree has been give its name from a game played in which pupils have to touch the trunk, shouting Ding Dong.

In Northern Ireland, a tree which grows at a 45-degree angle in Kilbroney Park took the title, having provided a playground for hundreds of children who climb its trunk. Meanwhile, in Wales, Brimmon Oak, which was saved by a Facebook campaign after being threatened with destruction to make way for a bypass, has won.




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Emily Guarda was born in Berlin and grew up there. Her parents are both artists who always taught her how important art is to the world. Emily has 2 younger brothers and 1 older brother. She recently began studying design at the Universität der Künste Berlin. Even though it still is new for her, she seems to love what she is doing at the moment. So far, Emily is still living with her parents but she is currently looking to find a flatshare so she can become grow up to be independant and responsible. She spends most of her weekends dancing in nightclubs with some of her friends. Most of them are promising electronic music DJs she has been supporting since the beginning.