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The Generation Tree, Ireland

Photo: Paddy Keane, Siobhan Keane Hopcraft

The tree's story

"I planted this beech tree from a seed in 1980. It is a generation tree. The initials of my 12 grandchildren and their year of birth were etched on its bark from 1996 to 2010. The letters continue to expand annually and remain permanent while the tree is alive. It is not alone because it stands in a grove of mixed conifers and broadleaves containing all the native Irish species in what the grandchildren call the “Deep Dark Wood” where they have spent many happy hours at play over the years." Paddy Keane

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Beech (Fagus sylvatica)

35 years

Ballina, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

N 52°47'55.079", W 8°25'16.799"

Nominated by:
Just Forests

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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