A SCOTTISH tree has been named as a contender in the Woodland Trust's annual Tree of the Year competition.

The 250 to 300-year-old walnut tree, on the outskirts of Perth, stands proudly in a car park on the A9 at Inveralmond.

This year’s competition focuses on ancient trees in urban environments, with 13 entries vying for the title and chance to represent the UK in the European Tree of the Year competition.

The winner will be announced on October 19.

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George Anderson, of Woodland Trust Scotland, said: "This tree will be known to both Perth residents and people who travel north to the Highlands on the A9.

"It stands opposite an M&S Foodhall in a busy car park. It is an exceptionally attractive tree offering an oasis of calm amongst the bustle. We highly recommend stepping under its canopy for a bit of time out if you are passing.

"It exemplifies the importance of trees in urban areas."

Other top contenders include one of the UK’s most famous elms, a Lakeside holm oak in Leamington Spa and a tree thought to be the oldest in Northern Ireland.

Naomi Tilley, lead campaigner at the Woodland Trust, said: "Most ancient trees aren't protected by law, and those in urban areas are particularly vulnerable, like one of this year's nominees - which narrowly escaped being cut down by Sheffield City Council in 2017."