Everyone's heard of Pop Idol, but the Chronicle is running a contest that will leaf the others behind
Welcome to Tree Idol, where we're asking online readers to nominate their favourite tree to be in the running for publication in the paper.
All you have to do is send in a picture of your favourite tree, along with a few comments, and we'll publish it here on the website.
Every month we will pick the best of the bunch and feature you and your tree in the paper.
It could be a pretty silver birch you walk past each day on the way to work, or a majestic oak which you played under as a child.
From ancient boughs in Osterley Park and Syon House to hidden wonders in the back streets of Hounslow, this part of the world is rich with contenders.
Andy Eddy, head gardener at Osterley Park, said: "Anyone who's ever wanted to build a tree house, or been glad of a bit of green shade can understand what makes a tree special.
"As they come into leaf early in the year I look to see if a tree is going to grow well. You learn to look out for signs of any stress, and in the past it's been a lack of water that causes problems. This year everything is looking fine."
Among his charges, Mr Eddy tends exotic trees like the 'Daimo oak' and 'oriental plane' planted over the years by generations of landowners.
But Mr Eddy does have a favourite - a special cork tree which has reached a height of around 50 feet and is the largest of its kind in the UK.
"It's a wonderful specimen, and most interesting in that it forms the basis of a whole industry," he said. "In other countries it's grown because the bark is thick and spongy - and of course you can bore into it and produce the corks for the wine industry."
Welcoming the Chronicle's Tree Idol feature, he added: "We wouldn't survive without trees - not just for their timber but because they hold the land together, and absorb carbon dioxide."
Send your entries to Tree Idol, 93 Staines Road, Hounslow TW3 3JB, email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the send us your pics link on this site.
Terms and conditions: Descriptions of your favourite tree should be between 50 and 100 words. Entrants must be willing to have their name published alongside their entry, and appear in post-publicity.