Organized annually at European level since 2011, the European Tree of the Year is a contest that highlights the significance of trees in the natural and cultural heritage of Europe, and the importance of the ecosystem services that trees provide. The contest is not looking for the most beautiful tree, but for a tree with a story; a tree rooted in the lives and work of the people and the community that surround it.
During the month of February, everyone can choose their favourite trees by voting online at www.treeoftheyear.org. Every year, winners are celebrated in Brussels, in a cultural and festive evening bringing together tree lovers, decision-makers, environmentalists, landowners, and national organisers. Daniel CALLEJA-CRESPO, Director General for Environment at the European Commission addressed participants and said, “The European Tree of the Year initiative has an important role to play in showcasing Europe's wonderful diversity and fostering shared values among European citizens. Every year, thousands of Europeans take part, demonstrating their common connection to the natural environment."
Winners 2019 : The Almond Tree in Hungary :
Winners 2017 : Polish Oak Jozef : Oak Józef gave shelter to two Jewish brothers during World War II, who used its hollow trunk as a hideout.