IS it not great that contests like this exist at all? We have less and less treas all over the world so we better pay some attention to the ones that are still here. What is great about this contest is that it focuses on the personal story behind the tree in question and the importance of the tree to the people living with it on daily basis.
For example, the winning tree this year is an Oak tree, Orissaare, Saaremaa, Estonia which is actually situated in the middle of a local football field.
The first runner up is a beautiful and 232 years old sycamore tree from The great plane of Tata, Hungary.
Second runner up is from Spain,
but the tree that took the 4th place considering the number of votes, and probably my personal favorite out of the four is a 450 years old tree from Poland, the beautiful Oak Slav.
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. (source)
What do you think? Do we need more of contests like this? Do you notice trees on your way?