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The Oldest Tree of Bátászék from Hungary is the European Tree of the Year 2016.

Voting took place during the month of February and almost 230,000 people voted! Thank you for voting!

The Oldest Tree of Bátaszék from Hungary won with 72,653 votes! The second place, with 43,451 votes is for The Thousand Year Old Lime from the Czech republic and the third place, with 29,114 votes is for the Pear of Bošáca – Zabudišová from Slovakia.

The winner received 560 € from individual donations, thank you for your contribution.

Results

Hungary
The oldest tree of Bátaszék
72653 votes
Czech republic
The Thousand Year Old Lime
43451 votes
Slovakia
Pear from Bošáca - Zabudišová
29114 votes
Poland
The Oak of Bolko
23313 votes
Spain
Canicosa´s Pine-Oak
21191 votes
Bulgaria
The oak from Danube park in Silistra
17204 votes
Estonia
Tamme-Lauri oak
9064 votes
England, UK
The Cubbington Pear Tree
7858 votes
Belgium
The Big oak of Liernu
1262 votes
Scotland, UK
The Suffragette Oak
1258 votes
Germany
Millennial Lime Tree of Heede
1024 votes
France
Weeping blue cedar
737 votes
Northern Ireland, UK
The Peace Tree
628 votes
Wales, UK
Survival at the cutting edge oak
237 votes
Ireland
The Generation Tree
172 votes
This year's results:
  1. Hungary
    (72653 votes)
  2. Czech republic
    (43451 votes)
  3. Slovakia
    (29114 votes)
  4. Poland
    (23313 votes)
  5. Spain
    (21191 votes)
  6. Bulgaria
    (17204 votes)
  7. Estonia
    (9064 votes)
  8. England, UK
    (7858 votes)
  9. Belgium
    (1262 votes)
  10. Scotland, UK
    (1258 votes)
  11. Germany
    (1024 votes)
  12. France
    (737 votes)
  13. Northern Ireland, UK
    (628 votes)
  14. Wales, UK
    (237 votes)
  15. Ireland
    (172 votes)
 

Award Ceremony

On Wednesday 20th of April the Environmental Partnership Association celebrated the Award Ceremony of the 2016 European Tree of the Year in Brussels. Around 200 people attended the ceremony, organised under the patronage of Pavel Poc MEP and the support of the European Landowners’ Organization and Tetra Pak. The event was co-chaired by Ladislav Miko and Natalie Pauwels from the European Commission. On behalf of the winning tree “The oldest tree of Bátaszék” from Hungary, Róbert Bozsolik received the unique wooden amulet award and the check in the amount of 560 € intended for tree care or tree planting. Money was collected by voters in the contest. During the cocktail, participants enjoyed a photo exhibition of all the finalist trees, and wines from the South Moravian Region, kindly offered by the Mendel University in Brno.

To learn more about the ceremony, download HERE the Press Release.
 

Video address by Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, at the occassion of the European Tree of the Year Award Ceremony



About the contest

The European Tree of the Year contest originated in 2011. It was inspired by the popular Tree of the Year contest, which has been organised in the Czech Republic by the Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation for many years. The European round is a finale consisting of the winners of the national rounds.

The purpose of the European Tree of the Year is to highlight the significance of old trees in the natural and cultural heritage that deserves our care and protection. Unlike other contests, the European Tree of the Year doesn't focus on beauty, size or age but rather on the tree's story and its connection to people. We are looking for trees that have become a part of the wider community.

Every year dozens or rather hundreds of thousands of people participate in the contest. The number of countries participating has increased from 5 to 15. We are always looking for new partners in European countries, so that the protection of trees – bearers of genius loci – becomes a topic of international debate.

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EPA is a consortium of six foundations from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. They support community based projects which objectives are 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.

The Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation helps people take care of the environment. In 2002, it started the tradition of the Tree of the Year contest, a model that was later adopted by other European countries. The Foundation also seeks to involve people in tree planting programmes, in creating quality public spaces, in traffic calming initiatives, and in attracting sustainable tourism and cycling. It is located in the Open Garden Centre it has built in Brno, Czech Republic.