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The 2015 European Tree of the Year is Estonia’s Oak tree on a football field.

The voting ended on 28 February 2015. The winner is the Oak tree on a football field from Estonia with 59 836 votes. The great plane of Tata (Hungary) with 53 487 votes placed second. Third place goes to Poplar pollard of the Remolinar (Spain) with 13 951 votes.
Congratulations!
The total number of votes reached almost 185 000.

Results

Orissaare, Saaremaa, Estonia
Oak tree on a football field
59836 votes
Tata, Komárom-Esztergom county, Hungary
The great plane of Tata
53487 votes
Aguilar del Alfambra, Aragón, Spain
Poplar pollard of the Remolinar
13951 votes
Village of Archar, Vidin Region, Bulgaria
The Plane in Archar village
7052 votes
Senica, Trnava region, Slovakia
Mulberry - The lighthouse of the history
6776 votes
Powys, Wales, UK
The Lonely Tree of Llanfyllin
1548 votes
Voeren, Belgium
The Nail tree
1362 votes
Pianello, Corsica, France
The chestnut tree
654 votes
Sabina, Lazio, Italy
Olive Tree from Canneto Sabino
515 votes

Award Ceremony

On Monday 20th of April the Environmental Partnership Association celebrated the Award Ceremony of the European Tree of the Year Contest 2015 in Brussels. Around 250 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 presented by Rodolphe de Looz Corswarem, Executive President of the European Historic Houses Association. Heiki Hanso received the unique wooden amulet award from last years’ winner, on behalf of the Estonian “Oak tree in a football field”. 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.

Award Ceremony - video

Information on the "Expert workshop on tree care and arboriculture standards in Europe" (23rd April 2015, European Parliament)

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 14. 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.
 
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