Oak Jósef from Poland is the 2017 European Tree of the Year

1st Oak Jósef, Poland – 17,597 votes
2nd The Brimmon Oak, Wales, UK – 16,203 votes
3rd The Lime Tree at Lipka, Czech Republic – 14,813 votes

This year the contest’s rules have been adapted to make the contest more even by giving every voter two choices. 125,568 votes have been received from all over Europe. 

Thank you to all tree lovers who voted online during the month of February.
 

Thank you also to every generous donor that has supported the cause of the European Tree of the Year.


Results

Poland

Oak Józef


Number of votes: 17597

Wales, UK

The Brimmon Oak


Number of votes: 16203

Czech republic

The lime tree at Lipka


Number of votes: 14813

France

The Céron park saman


Number of votes: 7420

England, UK

The Sycamore Gap Tree


Number of votes: 7123

Northern Ireland, UK

The Holm Oak


Number of votes: 7101

Bulgaria

The venerable sessile oak by the Nasalevtsi church


Number of votes: 6670

Scotland, UK

The "Ding Dong" Tree


Number of votes: 6327

Slovakia

Plane tree from Budatin


Number of votes: 6022

Spain

Aprisquillo Pine


Number of votes: 5459

Estonia

Russalka oak


Number of votes: 5317

Belgium

The Village Lime Tree of Massemen


Number of votes: 5280

Lithuania

Stelmužė oak


Number of votes: 5245

Hungary

The most beautiful plane tree of the Jászai Mari square


Number of votes: 5132

Ireland

Hugh O’Flaherty’s Trees


Number of votes: 5096

Germany

Climbing Beech in Hoppenrade


Number of votes: 4763
 

Award Ceremony 2017

The Award Ceremony of the 2017 European Tree of the Year took place in Brussels on March 21st at the occasion of the International Day of Forests. Organized under the patronage of Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, and hosted by Pavel Poc MEP and Bronis Ropė MEP at the European Parliament, the announcement of the results was followed by 200 participants. The event was chaired by Natalie Pauwels and Ladislav Miko, and Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director General for Environment of the European Commission delivered an inspiring keynote speech. On behalf of Oak Jósef, Robert Godek from Poland received the unique wooden amulet that passes from winner to winner every year. 

The 2017 European Tree of the Year Award Ceremony has been organized by the Environmental Partnership Association, the European Landowners’ Organization and TetraPak, with the support of the South Moravian Region and the Mendel University in Brno.

Download the press release HERE.

 

 

Towards a World Tree of the Year

The Environmental Partnership Association is happy to see the Tree of the Year family growing. And we are so proud that this 16 year Czech born baby, already European teenager, is from the initially local initiative expanding little by little around the world. 

In 2016 the Asian Tree of the Year started in Sri Lanka, and was introduced at the Award Ceremony in Brussels. In 2017, India, Nepal, Malaysia and Singapore have joined Sri Lanka into the competition, which aims to kick-start the conversation about the necessity of safeguarding biodiversity heritage. 

In Quebec, Canada, a survivor American elm has been crowned “Quebec Tree of the Year 2016”: it that has gone through tornados and ice storms, but still stands majestically in the middle of picnics, weddings and family meetings. 

In Australia, a giant Mountain Ash tree located in the Toolangi State Forest in Victoria has win over the 9 tree contestants. The contest has been organized in 2016 for the first time by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), with the aim of raising awareness for the conservation of Victoria’s natural heritage and the benefits that significant trees provide.

The Russian Tree of the Year 2016-17 is running also for the first time: 12 trees have been chosen by a commission of experts taking into account their natural and cultural significance. The winning tree will participate in the 2018 European Tree of the Year. The organisers are happy to contribute to the popularization of the preservation of old trees by being part of the European Tree of the Year family. 

Our aim at the Environmental Partnership Association is to make the Tree of the Year a globally recognised brand, promoting the world’s natural attractions: its trees. 
 

Help us organize the European Tree of the Year contest next year as well

European Tree of the Year Contest is a non-profit project that strengthens the relationship people have to trees. The project helps to discover trees as a part of our natural and cultural heritage and calls attention to the importance of preserving them.

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Europe's got the Parthenon, Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Neuschwanstein Castle, and the Sagrada Família—monuments of steel and stone that draw millions of tourists a year. Yet one competition [...] is intent on promoting the continent's greener historical attractions: its trees.

Katherine LaGrave, Condé Nast Traveler

The Tree of the Year strives to promote trees and their stories as natural monuments in the same way that UNESCO promotes world heritage sites. Be part of the family of tree lovers and support this initiative!
 

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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.

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