An avenue of threatened First World War memorial trees has come first in the Great Trees of Sheffield competition, organised to highlight the value of the city’s threatened trees.The results were announced and prizes awarded during the Econet wood pastures conference at Sheffield Hallam University today (25 May).

The university’s Professor Ian Rotherham presented first prize to Robin Ridley for Anya Rayner who nominated the trees, on the city’s Western Road.

Second Prize was awarded by Professor Chris Baines to the Vernon Oak, with Sheffield Trees Action Group campaigner Dave Dillner receiving the prize.

Ancient tree specialist Ted Green awarded joint third prize to a black mulberry and the Ryle Road lime tree.

The trophy was funded by Hartey Wealth Management and made by blacksmith Marc Morris at British Ironworks Centre.

The contest drew 24 entries, with singer Jarvis Cocker, broadcaster Chris Packham and local MP Nick Clegg all voicing their preferences.

The event’s organiser, self-styled “tree hunter” Rob McBride, said: “I’m extremely pleased with the many amazing trees entered into the inaugural contest.

“This annual contest will run again in 2018 and any tree except the winner can be re-entered next year.”