Thursday, 5 March 2015

Estonian Oak Tree Wins European Tree of the Year 2015

The oak tree located in Orissaare, Saaremaa

An oak tree located on a football field on the Estonian island of Saaremaa has been voted European Tree of the Year. The 150 year old oak tree proved to be a favourite amongst voters across Europe achieving 59,836 of the total  185,000 votes.  The Orissaare tree has been described as 'a symbol for the world to see how things can be better.'

Legend says that during the Soviet occupation, two of Stalin's tractors tried to pull the tree from the ground but it wouldn't budge, the cables kept breaking. The marks from the cables can still be seen on the tree today. No doubt this beautiful tree is a survivor, standing proud for further generations to enjoy!

The great plane of Tata tree in Hungary was awarded second place and Poplar pollard of the Remolinar tree in Spain came in third. An  award ceremony is scheduled to take place in Brussels on 22nd April 2015.

For more information and to view the 14 competition finalists. Please click here: