Oak tree in Estonia named the European Tree of the Year 2015

An oak tree in the Estonian island of Saaremaa has been voted the European Tree of the Year.

Nearly two hundred thousand people from all over Europe took part in the voting of the European Tree of the Year contest. The winner, with 60,000 votes, is a 150-year-old oak tree on a football field in Orissaare, Saaremaa.

The Orissaare tree stands in the middle of a football stadium, which was enlarged in 1951 and therefore surrounds the tree. The locals who play football, have come used to it and know how to use the tree to complete passes. It also offers shade to the players.

Orissaare Oak II

Rob McBride, a tree hunter and a big supporter of the European Tree of the Year contest, described the Orissaare tree as the “Football Tree” and as “a symbol for the world to see how things can be better”.

Heiki Hanso, coordinator of the contest in Estonia, was extremely happy upon hearing the news.

“This contest really joined people together and made us all feel the importance of trees for our community,” Hanso said.

The European Tree of the Year contest was launched in 2011 and it aims to highlight the significance of old trees in the natural and cultural heritage that deserves care and protection.

The contest is organised by the Environmental Partnership Association and the Estonian entry was nominated by the Estonian Chamber of Arborists.

Results of the voting:

1) Oak tree on a football field, Estonia

2) The great plane of Tata, Hungary

3) Poplar pollard of the Remolinar, Spain

4) Oak Slav, Poland

5) The Opatovice Pine, the Czech Republic

6) Major Oak, the UK

7) The Plane in Archar village, Bulgaria

8) Mulberry – the lighthouse of the history, Slovakia

9) Lady’s Tree, Scotland

10) The Lonely Tree of Llanfyllin, Wales

11) The Nail tree, Belgium

12) The chestnut tree, France

13) Olive tree from Canneto Sabino, Italy

14) Cedar of Lebanon, Ireland

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Pictures: European Tree of the Year.

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Silver Tambur is the cofounder and Editor-in-Chief of Estonian World. He has previously studied journalism at the University of Tartu, and politics and society at the Birkbeck College, University of London. Silver has been the editor at the Estonian Public Broadcasting’s news service in English, as well as contributing for the Business Sense magazine in the UK, Deutsche Welle and Radio New Zealand. You can also follow him on Twitter and like his page on Facebook. You can write to Silver at silver@estonianworld.com.