Voting for the European Tree of the Year 2015 starts on 1 February 2015.

Voting takes place from 1 to 28 February 2015. Votes in the last week (from 21 to 28 February) are secret, meaning that preliminary vote counts will not be available on the web page. The results will be published here on 5 March. The prize will be awarded during a ceremony on 22 April in Brussels.

Rules of voting

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.

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

Shortlisted trees

Voeren, Belgium
The Nail tree
Orissaare, Saaremaa, Estonia
Oak tree on a football field
Sabina, Lazio, Italy
Olive Tree from Canneto Sabino
Senica, Trnava region, Slovakia
Mulberry - The lighthouse of the history
Aguilar del Alfambra, Aragón, Spain
Poplar pollard of the Remolinar
Powys, Wales, UK
The Lonely Tree of Llanfyllin

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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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.