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Big Old Tree Contest 2017

Do you have a big or favorite in Davidson County?  Enter it in our contest.  Now you can add a step towards tree preservation by applying to have your special tree registered as  Metro Historic and Specimen Tree.  Details below.

A 2015 Big Old Tree Contest Winner:  White Oak (Quercus alba)

If you have a favorite tree — in your yard or somewhere else — take a few minutes to enter it in our Big Old Tree Contest.  Trees will be judged by species, so let us know what your favorite tree is and where it is located.  The 2016 contest recognized 39 winning trees from an impressive field of 60 entries!

Why do we have the Big Old Tree Contest?  The contest began as a way to educate school children the importance of big trees and has now evolved into a great resource to locate Davidson County's largest and most notable specimen trees.  This information is not only educational and fun, it is helpful in learning more about tree preservation.  So far, we have recognized over 800 trees!

Contest information:

If you've entered a tree in the past and it has not won, you may reenter it in the contest. But, trees will only be a winner once and must be located in Davidson County.

Deadline for 2017 entries is April 1, 2017.  Winners will be celebrated at the

High Tree Party on Friday, April 28, 2017, 4:00 pm
Greenwood Cemetery, 1428 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN, 37210

We've honored more than 800 trees, so be sure to check here to see if your tree has previously won.  If you need help identifying trees email trees@nashvilletreefoundation.org.


Metro Historic and Specimen Tree Registry.  This is a voluntary way to help protect the big trees you love.  This two-step program launched in 2016 by the Metro Tree Advisory Committee of the Beautification and Environment Commission allows property owners to place deed restrictions on large and specimen trees.  Trees do not have to be Big Old Tree Contest winners but those are great to nominate.  You may apply below for designation in addition to entering your tree in our contest.  If approved for designation by Metro, you can apply for a deed restriction.  

Applications can be submitted at any time.  If it is received by March 15 and approved, we will celebrate it at the High Tree Party on Friday, April 28, 2017, at Greenwood Cemetery.