Award puts ‘invisible’ tree on the map

A 200-year-old sessile oak in Northern Ireland nicknamed ‘The Invisible Tree’ has been declared Northern Ireland Tree of the Year 2019. The tree, which stands on the edge of Rostrevor Oakwood, an area of rare mature trees that inspired C.S. Lewis’s land of Narnia, was omitted from a survey supporting plans to build a substantial housing development metres from its root and branch system. The ‘disappearance’ led to a campaign by local group Rostrevor Action Respecting the Environment, which used art and music to draw attention to the ...


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