European Tree of the Year
The European Tree of the Year is an annual contest held to find the most 'loveable tree' in Europe.
The European Tree of the Year competition has been running since 2011 and selects a tree from participating countries (now 15 in number) by public vote. It was inspired by an earlier Czech national tree contest. Most countries hold a national poll to select their entrant for each year. Nominations are made in the year preceding the award. Voting for the European tree of the year commences on 1 February each year and lasts until the end of the month. A live, online display of the votes cast for each tree is displayed until the last week in February when final voting figures are kept secret. The winner is announced at an awards ceremony in late March held in the EU Parliament, Brussels.
Since 2015, there has been a promotional tree tour visiting many candidate trees during the voting month of February. Media PR events, and community, child led, art contests take place for each tree, with the winning art works being displayed at the awards ceremony.
In more recent years, a #TreesInNeed blog has been promoted by the contest organisers to highlight the plight of numerous trees across Europe under threat of destruction.
The UK's most successful tree in the contest is the Brimmon Oak, finishing 2nd in 2017.
- 2019 - "The Almond Tree of the Snowy Hill in Pécs" - Hungary
- 2018 - "Whistler cork oak tree" - Portugal
- 2017 - "Oak Józef" - Poland
- 2016 - "The oldest tree of Bátaszék" - Hungary
- 2015 - "Oak tree on a football field" - Estonia
- 2014 - "The Old Elm", Bulgaria
- 2013 - "Plane tree in Eger" - Hungary
- 2012 - "The Old Lime Tree of Felsőmocsolád" - Hungary
- 2011 - "Lime in Leliceni" - Romania
- Eric Simpson (1 January 2015). "Branching out: Major Oak aims to win 'Eurovision for trees'". BBC News Online. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
- "The Almond Tree of the Snowy Hill in Pécs". European Tree of the Year. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
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