Join the debate on Social Media #UrbanTreeWorldCup
With the Olympics, Euro 2020, Wimbledon and countless flagship summer sporting events postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Arboricultural Association has launched the first ever World Cup of Urban Trees to fill the void and spark a discussion focused on trees.
View the Urban Tree World Cup 32 Tree Bracket
Each day you can vote on a different match to decide who makes it through to the next round.
Thanks to the Tree and Design Action Group (TDAG), and their fantastic Species Selection Guide; we’ve been able to include detailed infographics with each tree to help you make your choice.
The draw for the first round took place on Monday, with the 32 teams painstakingly selected from the hand-crafted ceremonial wooden bowl by Technical Director John Parker. After the glittering opening ceremony, John announced:
“The Arboricultural Association is excited to be presenting the highlight of the 2020 sporting calendar, the Urban Tree World Cup. Please get involved and make sure that your favourite species makes it all the way to the final, to be held in Stonehouse in May.”
You can watch the draw in full here.
The tournament starts on 8 April with our first fixture the Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip tree) vs Sorbus aria (Whitebeam) and the first round will be complete 16 days later when Platanus x hispanica (London plane) face the Tilia x europaea (Common lime).
You’ll be able to cast your vote on the Arboricultural Association website each day or on Twitter (follow @ArbAssociation).
The winning tree will be planted in the grounds of the Arboricultural Association headquarters in Stonehouse.