Internet votes are urgently needed if a 400 to 800-year-old Irish oak tree is to become European Tree of the Year 2013.
According to Tom Roche of Just Forests, the Irish entry is in third position and will need to more then double its 3,000 votes to overtake the current Polish front-runner.
Mr Roche nominated the Pendunculate Oak at Charleville Estate in Tullamore, Co Offaly – known locally as King Oak – as Ireland's first entry in the competition. The aim of the contest is to increase awareness of notable European trees and the historical and natural heritage that they represent.
Voting is free at www.tree- oftheyear.org and ends on February 28.