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Ten trees across England are in the running to be crowned as the nation's Tree of the Year. The poll is organised annually by the environmental charity the Woodland Trust. Over 200 trees across the land were originally nominated by nature lovers. Some of the trees are located in England's most famous and historic places. One tree, the Major Oak, is in Sherwood Forest, which is where Robin Hood hung out with his band of merry men, robbing the rich to give to the poor. A local newspaper stated: "The legend of Robin Hood was infused within this mighty tree which still exists today." Another historically significant contender is Newton's Apple Tree, whose falling fruit gave Sir Isaac Newton the idea for his theory on gravity.

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The Woodland Trust was established in 1972 to protect Britain's ancient forests and trees. It has approximately 400,000 supporters who provide funds to maintain and promote the country's forested land. Its website says: "Our vision is a UK rich in woods and trees, enjoyed and valued by everyone. We aim to create new native woodland with the help of communities, schools, organisations and individuals. We try to protect our precious ancient woods, restore the ones that are damaged and fight for those under threat. We do this by inspiring people up and down the country to visit woods, plant trees, and enjoy the many benefits that woodland has to offer."



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