Looking for a tree with a story
 

Voting takes place from 1 to 29 February 2016

Votes in the last week (from 23 to 29 February) are secret, meaning that preliminary vote counts will not be available on the web page. The results will be published here on 7 March. The prize will be awarded during a ceremony on 20 April in Brussels.

Rules of voting

Voting period: 1st February (00:00 CET) - 29th February (24:00 CET) 2016.

A person can only vote once using their personal e-mail address.

Votes sent from disposable e-mail addresses are not allowed and will be cancelled.

Environmental Partnership Association  reserves the privilege to check if an e-mail address is used in line with the rules of the competition and if it is not, to delete such a vote.

By validating your vote you agree with providing your email address for the purpose of receiving the European Tree of the Year newsletter in accordance with the laws of the Czech Republic and the European Union.

Environmental Partnership Association, the organizer of the contest, reserves the right to stop voting or change the rules of voting.

Shortlisted trees

Belgium
The Big oak of Liernu
650 votes
Bulgaria
The oak from Danube park in Silistra
5634 votes
Czech republic
The Thousand Year Old Lime
7816 votes
England, UK
The Cubbington Pear Tree
656 votes
Estonia
Tamme-Lauri oak
1781 votes
France
Weeping blue cedar
185 votes
Germany
Millennial Lime Tree of Heede
123 votes
Hungary
The oldest tree of Bátaszék
7275 votes
Ireland
The Generation Tree
130 votes
Northern Ireland, UK
The Peace Tree
345 votes
Poland
The Oak of Bolko
5488 votes
Scotland, UK
The Suffragette Oak
340 votes
Slovakia
Pear from Bošáca - Zabudišová
1952 votes
Spain
Canicosa´s Pine-Oak
4720 votes
Wales, UK
Survival at the cutting edge oak
70 votes

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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National contest organisers

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.