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The Peace Tree, Northern Ireland, UK

Photo: Michael Cooper

The tree's story

This oak, in Belfast's Woodvale Park, was planted on Empire Day, 1919. It is a tree of remembrance and peace, in honour of those who never returned from the First World War. It became an important focal point for veterans for years after the war, before being forgotten. The tree was rediscovered in 2006 (the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme)and became reinvigorated back into the community. A railing, put in place by Belfast City Council, now surrounds it. And with the newly commissioned European War Memorial now adjacent, visitor interest has flourished.

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Oak (Quercus robur)

96 years

Woodvale Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

N 54 36 35, W 5 58 24

Nominated by:
Woodland Trust Northern Ireland

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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