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Favourite tree competition

Every year we work with the Merton Tree Wardens group to find Merton's favourite tree.

Nominate your favourite tree in Merton

Download an nomination form:

The deadline for entries is 30 September each year.

Please email your entry to favourite-trees@treewardensmerton.org.uk. Please refer to the entry criteria below.

Merton Tree Wardens will inspect all nominations and Merton Council's tree officers will choose the winner. The best nominations will be featured in either My Merton magazine or the local press.

If you nominate the winning tree, we will plant a new tree in a park or vacant street tree pit near you.

Previous winners

Previous winners include:

False Acacia, Dorset Road

Maidenhair trees, Ravensbury Park

Swamp Cypress, Canons


About Merton Tree Wardens

Tree Wardens Group Merton is a voluntary organisation that funds and carries out planting and maintenance of trees, woodland and hedges in the borough's parks and open spaces, involving and supporting friends' groups and residents' associations.

The national Tree Wardens scheme is operated by The Tree Council and helps people to play an active role in conserving and enhancing their local trees and woods.  

Entry criteria

A tree can be nominated for its size, form, species, wildlife value, historical and cultural value or its contribution to the townscape.

  • Townscape value: your nomination can be a specimen tree or a group in a public place, which because of its position is visually important to the townscape.
  • Historical and cultural value: does your tree have importance either in relation to Merton or yourself?
  • Wildlife value: does your tree have any of the following? If so, you could note which and how much.
    Bracket fungi
    Bird roost
    Bat roost
    Epiphytes (non-parasitic plants growing on the tree, e.g. moss)
    Dead wood in the branches
    Cavities in the trunk or crown