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Unfair to enter Dark Hedges in Tree of the Year

Published 28/09/2015

As a daily reader of the Belfast Telegraph, I was somewhat confused over your report on the Woodlands Trust Tree of the Year.

While studying the six nominees, I was rather struck by the fact that one of the entries was the Dark Hedges at Stranocum, Co Antrim.

My query is simple, in that, as the other entrants are singular (as per the title Tree of the Year), how does one define a hedge as a tree, or, indeed, a collection of trees in the plural as a singular entry?

If this was the case, surely an entry from, say, Tullymore Forest would have to be considered?

I raise this inquiry purely in fairness to the other five nominees.

Given the media attention that surrounds the Dark Hedges, such as the Game of Thrones, many may view this as an unfair advantage - let alone the definition of the title being stretched to suit a particular entry.

Fairness, please. And clarity, if possible.

NEIL MCANENEY

Belfast

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