Vote for your favourite tree

Living Well | RACV | Posted on 06 May 2020

Have your say in the 2020 Victorian Tree of the Year contest.

Perhaps one of the more unusual popularity contests in the state, the annual Victorian Tree of the Year awards are back for 2020. 

Hosted by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), the competition aims to raise awareness of the conservation of the state’s natural heritage, and the benefits trees provide to our culture and way of life. The National Trust is the state’s leading advocate for the protection of trees, having classified more than 20,000 across 1200 locations on the Register for Significant Trees

Heritage tree

Mallacoota gum.


New growth from bushfire affected tree

Spotted gum regeneration.


Leafy green tree

2019 Tree of the Year winner.


This year, for the first time, all nine of the leafy beauties that have made the shortlist are based in regional Victoria. Considering the devastating bushfires that ravaged the state earlier in the year, the 2020 competition holds particular significance in appreciating these natural giants.  

The shortlist features several trees from affected regions, including a massive Mallacoota gum, and the badly burnt spotted gums of Buchan South. The spotted gums are the only known natural occurrence of this species in Victoria, and thankfully they are already showing encouraging signs of regeneration. 

Shortlisted trees from the National Trust Significant Tree Register have been selected for a wide range of reasons, including their impressive canopies, unique histories, or being the biggest or oldest of their kind in Victoria. The 2019 Tree of the Year was awarded to a magnificent 300-year-old river red gum in Bulleen that received nearly a third of the total votes. 

Voting for the 2020 Tree of the Year closes this Sunday 10 May, with the winner announced at the end of May. To view the shortlist visit nationaltrust.org.au/treeoftheyear, or head to their Facebook page to vote.