European Tree of the Year Award 2018
Vote for your Favourite Tree – Protect the Woodland
The Tree of the Year Award is a contest that takes place every year during the month of February. 13 European Countries take part in the contest: www.treeoftheyear.org
Every year, the online voting for the European Tree of the Year is organized by Environmental Partnership Association (EPA)* with the support of the European Landowner’s Association (ELO). The contest was inspired by the popular Tree of the Year contest, which has been organized by the Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation for many years.
The organizing commitee is always looking for new partners in European countries, so that the protection of trees – “bearers of genius loci” – becomes a topic of global interest.
This year is the 8th edition of the prestigious European Award, a popular contest that receives over 200,000 votes from all of Europe.
The nominated trees are selected for their symbolism as survivors of natural disasters including fires, floods, crustal cancer and other threats. The stories of these trees are a part of the history of the local inhabitants of the places where the trees stand.
“The European Tree of the Year highlights the emotional connection that individuals and communities make with trees, as well as their significance for Europe’s natural and cultural heritage”.
The award brings:
- 230 thousand people more aware of nature
- attention and care for 13 trees
- 13 local communities united by one cause
- 13 countries proud of their natural heritage
This year’s favourites include the Guinness book of Record’s largest Cork Tree – Portugal’s “Whistler” Quercus Suber. The beautiful Sequoias from Yuchbunbar, in Bulgary and the oak called “The Elder of the Belgorod Forests”, in the Russian Federation.
The final phase of the secret voting will be from the 22nd of February to the 28th of February 2018. The winner will be announced at the Award Ceremony hosted by MEP Pavel POC at the European Parliament in Brussels. The Ceremony will be held on March 21st – 2018, the International Day of Forests. The day will be celebrated with festivities and a cultural evening in Brussels.
*”EPA is a consortium of six foundations from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. They support community based projects which seek to protect the environment and to support and build capacity in local communities. Over the last twenty years, the EPA has provided 10 million Euros of funding to these projects.”
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