Trees in need blog

 

Trees don‘t talk. We raise our voice for them.

 

A forum for sharing and promoting tree causes around Europe.

Sheffield Shock

 
10 April 2018 | By Rob McBride
Photo by: Rob McBride
Close to 6,000 (mainly healthy) mature, large canopy street trees have been felled in Sheffield over the last five years as part of the 25 year, £2.2 billion (€2.5 billion) Public Finance Initiative (PFI) contract between Sheffield City Council & Amey PLC. The Streets Ahead Project aims to resurface many of the city’s worn out roads and pavements. The trees, however, are of great value to the surrounding communities and clashes have emerged with local government and police over the removal of these natural staples.
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Desolate Slopes in Slovakia

 
7 April 2018 | By Alana Fiero
Photo by: Author unknown
Slovakia is known for being a heavily forested country, but increased logging activities are turning lush woodlands into desolate slopes. Foresters claim that this is not the case, but areas such as Muránska Planina, the Low Tatras, and Kráľova Hoľa are being razed to the ground. Grassroots movements such as “My Sme Les” have emerged to protest the destruction.
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Budapest City Park in Peril

 
2 APRIL 2018 | By Alana Fiero
Photo by: Elekes Andor
Ancient trees are being threatened by proposed plans to renovate Budapest City Park (Városliget). Despite being a part of Budapest’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, trees are being felled in the process of demolishing old buildings that sit on park property. The goal of the construction, known as Liget Budapest Project, is to appeal to tourists by creating a museum district and cultural center. According to an IPSOS survey, however, 86% of citizens in Budapest are not in favor of this plan.
 
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Trees can´t talk. Help us raise our voice for them!

 

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If you have any queries about donating to the European Tree of the Year then please email us to ety@nap.cz.

1. Can I ensure my money goes to a specific tree?

No. Your gift to the European Tree of the Year will help to take better care of trees and landscapes in our neighbourhoods, in Europe. With your support we can empower the local communities and organizations to care for trees all over Europe. Part of your donations will specifically help care for and maintain the winning tree and its surrounding.

2. How much should I give?

The amount is up to you. You can decide to donate 5, 10, 20, 50 EUR or more, monthly or one-off. For 25.000 EUR a year we can organise a contest which empowers organisations in 15+ European countries to run a national campaign on tree care and tree protection. Over the course of 50 years, a single tree can generate 28.250 EUR worth of oxygen, provide 56.000 EUR worth of air pollution control, recycle 33.500 EUR worth of water, and control 38.500 EUR worth of soil erosion. The investment to better care of trees pays back to everyone.

3. Why do we prefer people to make regular gifts rather than one-off donations?

Long-term donations are more cost effective. They enable us to plan for the future and ensure money is available where it is needed most. Regular gifts mean a consistent, predictable income so we can plan and budget better and, therefore, be more efficient. They give us the security and confidence to react to situations as they arise and the income to carry on with our work. More of your money goes to our work as they generate less administration and carry cheaper bank charges. There are also benefits for you - the donor. You can spread your donations over a period of time, so you pay less each month. A regular gift also provides you with the reassurance that you are actively helping to improve the care and the attention to trees.

4. Can I set up a Continuous Payment Authority online?

Yes, you can set up a regular gift for the amount of your choice. The amount you set is going to be withdrawn monthly from your card automatically until you cancel the subscription in the special form. For subscriptions with monthly payment, payment for the following month will be drawn on the same day of the month as the first payment.

5. Changing of payment card

If you wish to change the payment card, please send an e-mail to ety@nap.cz. We will then delete your card data. Once your card data has been deleted, we will send you a confirmation.

6. Is making a credit card donation online secure?

Making an online donation on our website www.treeoftheyear.org is completely safe. When you make a donation your web browser connects to a specially set-up secure server. Any personal information you enter onto our online donation pages is 'encrypted' before being sent to our card payment processor, SecurionPay. SecurionPay stores your information in a carefully controlled environment using industry standard practices. The Environmental Partnership Association is fully committed to protecting the security of your data and neither our staff nor volunteers have access to your card details.

7. Privacy policy

Environmental Partnership Association (EPA) – the organiser of the European Tree of the Year – collects personally identifiable information, such as your email address and name. This information is collected when you fill out a special form at the „thank you page“. If you leave us some information about yourself, we can send you our European Tree of the Year newsletters. We may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion. We strictly do not share this information with third parties. The Environmental Partnership Association is fully committed to protecting the security of your data and neither our staff nor volunteers have access to your card details.

In Brussels, January 15th, 2016
Michal Veselý, Managing Director

Your gift will help Trees in Need by…

 
 
protecting precious, legacy trees for future generations
 
 
providing special care to trees in need
 
 
planting thousands of trees through community initiatives across Europe
 
 
advocating for trees with members of the European Parliament, European Commissioners, national politicians and policymakers across Europe
 

Together we can make a big impact

 

Every year more than 500 thousand European tree-lovers vote in the national and European levels of the contest.

Since the European Tree of the Year began in 2002, a staggering 2+ million have participated!

Imagine the difference we can make if everyone gave just a little to help our Trees in Need.