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European Tree of the Year 2015

Brussels, 1st February 2015 – Voting for the European Tree of the Year 2015 has just been opened. During the whole month of February every individual have the possibility to vote for his or her favourite tree online at www.treeoftheyear.org. This year fourteen countries have taken part in national tree of the year contests, newly welcoming Belgium, England, Estonia and Spain to the contest. Now is time for the national winning trees to compete for the title of European Tree of the Year!

people have the opportunity to choose their favourite stories among trees from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain and Wales. The winning trees are not the most beautiful or the biggest, but the trees which stories are most touching, the trees whose roots are more deepen into the living of the local people that surrounds them.

Now it is up to the public which tree will win the European Tree of the Year contest, but choosing one will definitely not be an easy task, as some fourteen amazing stories are competing. The Belgian tree of the year is a historical magic tree that used to be seen as a healing tool since the Middle Ages. Robert de Graeff, contest coordinator for SBNL in Belgium: “The Flemish region has quite fascinating stories related to trees and we are very proud that this healing tree in the province of Limburg could become the European Tree of the Year 2015”. Estonia, another of the newly joined countries, nominated an Oak tree in the middle of a football stadium, which has attracted already a lot of interest, as well as the English Major Oak from Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, where is believed Robin Hood and his merry men used to find a shelter. Last but not least from our novices Spain is competing with the Pollarded poplar from Aguilar del Alfambra, Aragón, which was selected to symbolise 800 year of pollarding in the region for the Pollard Poplar Festival.

For more details about the European Tree of the Year, please visit: www.treeoftheyear.org

You can download the pictures of the finalists at: http://www.treeoftheyear.org/Pro-media.aspx?lang=en-US