And the award for the best tree goes to…
It may sound weird but there’s a contest for the best tree in Europe.
A pine tree in the Czech Republic, known as the “Guardian of the Flooded Village”, has won the European Tree of the Year contest. The goal of the contest is to encourage people to appreciate and protect trees.
Every year since 2011, many countries have entered their favorite trees in the European Tree of the Year contest. The contest is organized by the Environmental Partnership Association (EPA). The EPA says the contest isn’t just about beauty, size, or age, but about “the tree’s story and its connection to people”.
This year’s first place winner was the Guardian of the Flooded Village. The tree is a 350-year-old pine tree which grew on a rocky high spot near a village called Chudobin. When a dam was built on a nearby river, the village was flooded. Only the “Guardian” pine was left to watch over the area.
Second place was taken by a male ginkgo tree named Adam in Daruvar, Croatia. Adam is 242 years old, and grows near a castle. Nearby is a female gingko tree named Eve. The tree has branches low to the ground, encouraging children to climb it.
The oldest tree this year came from Spain, which entered a 1,200-year-old oak tree. The tree is special because it appears to have three legs, resulting in a huge opening under the tree.