The "Ding Dong" Tree, Scotland, UK

Photo: Niall Benvie

The "Ding Dong" Tree

The Headteacher at Prestonpans Primary says this copper beech is so woven into the life of the school it’s almost like having an extra member of staff. The tree gets its name from a game invented by pupils who compete to touch its trunk shouting “Ding Dong!” Its protecting canopy makes it an ideal outdoor classroom, and it brings particular calm to children with complex emotions. Children hang bird feeders from the branches and it is the subject of many science and art projects. Beloved by generations of pupils, the tree has become central to the life and identity of the school.
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Copper beech (Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea)

approx 30 years

Prestonpans, Scotland, UK

N 55 57.241, W 2 58.519

Nominated by:
Woodland Trust Scotland

EPA is a consortium of six foundations from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. They support community based projects which objectives are to protect the environment and to support and build capacity in local communities. Over the last twenty years, the EPA has provided 10 million Euros of funding to these projects.

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