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The European Tree of the Year 2017 finalists

Voting for the European Tree of the Year 2017 starts on 1 February 2017.

This year's innovation is the possibility to vote for 2 trees.

Voting takes place from 1 to 28 February 2017. Votes in the last week (from 22 to 28 February) are secret, meaning that preliminary vote counts will not be available on the web page. The results will be announced at the Award Ceremony in Brussels, the 21st of March, where the winners will be awarded.

Shortlisted trees

Rules of voting

The Village Lime Tree of Massemen
The venerable sessile oak by the Nasalevtsi church
Czech republic
The lime tree at Lipka
England, UK
The Sycamore Gap Tree
Russalka oak
The Céron park saman
Climbing Beech in Hoppenrade
The most beauftiful plane tree of the Jászai Mari square
Hugh O’Flaherty’s Trees
Stelmužė oak
Oak Józef
Scotland, UK
The "Ding Dong" Tree
Aprisquillo Pine
Plane tree from Budatin
Wales, UK
The Brimmon Oak

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 16. 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.

Do you care about trees? If the answer is yes...please help us to protect and care for them.


Involved countries



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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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