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Nominate your favorite big tree in Nashville’s annual contest

Nashville Tree Foundation is looking for the county’s largest (and oldest) trees as part of its Big Old Tree Contest — which dates back to 1988.

A large tree with a blue sky

The contest recognizes the largest and most notable specimen trees in Davidson County. | Photo by NASHtoday

Tree-rific news. You still have time to participate in Nashville Tree Foundation’s 2023 Big Old Tree Contest.

Trees are judged by species, with a winner from each species category. It’s possible your favorite tree is already a winner — the contest dates back to 1988 with hundreds of winning trees across Nashville, including this bur oak in Belle Meade from the contest’s inaugural year.

How to enter

Any tree in Davidson County can be nominated, whether it be on public or private property — the owner’s permission is suggested but not required. Make note of the address at which the tree is located and snap a photo for the entry form.

Next, use these tips for measuring the circumference, height, and crown spread of the tree. No need to pine for perfection — Nashville Tree Foundation’s tree experts will remeasure trees for accuracy.

Submit a tree online or via mail and email using this form by Thursday, Aug. 31. Looking for some tree inspiration? See past winners, including the 75 winning trees from the 2022 contest.

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