The "Ding Dong" Tree
Species: Copper beech (Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea)
Age: approx 30 years
Region: Prestonpans, Scotland, UK
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.
Photo: Niall Benvie{{photographer}}
European Tree of the Year 2017
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8th place 
National contest organizer: Woodland Trust Scotland
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2017

Oak Józef
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The Brimmon Oak
Wales, UK
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2nd place 
The lime tree at Lipka
Czech republic
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3rd place 
The Céron park saman
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The Sycamore Gap Tree
England, UK
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5th place 
The Holm Oak
Northern Ireland, UK
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6th place 
The venerable sessile oak by the Nasalevtsi church
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7th place 
The "Ding Dong" Tree
Scotland, UK
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8th place 
Plane tree from Budatin
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9th place 
Aprisquillo Pine
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10th place 
Russalka oak
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11th place 
The Village Lime Tree of Massemen
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12th place 
Stelmužė oak
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13th place 
The most beautiful plane tree of the Jászai Mari square
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14th place 
Hugh O’Flaherty’s Trees
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15th place 
Climbing Beech in Hoppenrade
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16th place 
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