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Vote for Tree of the Year slowly wraps up

THE ANNUAL international “Tree of the Year” poll has begun in Slovakia in the summer, people have until the end of September to cast their vote for one of the twelve finalists that made it to the final national round. The poll’s goal is to bring attention to old and endangered trees, with the winner receiving a financial reward and representing Slovakia in the European Tree of the Year 2013 poll.

THE ANNUAL international “Tree of the Year” poll has begun in Slovakia in the summer, people have until the end of September to cast their vote for one of the twelve finalists that made it to the final national round. The poll’s goal is to bring attention to old and endangered trees, with the winner receiving a financial reward and representing Slovakia in the European Tree of the Year 2013 poll.

The poll, announced by the Ekopolis foundation, recorded 65 proposed trees at the May deadline.

“Altogether, there were 16 species of trees submitted for the competition, with lime trees and oaks prevailing,” Milan Hronec of Ekopolis informed. He added that it was interesting to see how deeply some of the trees are connected with historical events in people’s minds. “The passing of the German front in World War II has a witness in a silverleaf poplar [Populus alba] in Veľké Bielice, and discussions of national revivalists were witnessed by a massive small-leaved lime [Tilia cordata] in Zemianske Podrhadie. This illustrates the strong connection of people towards trees,” he concluded.

The twelve finalists can be found, along with a brief history of each, on the Ekopolis website. They range between 90 and 500 years old, often representing the local collective memory.

In October, the poll will be evaluated and the tree that receives the most votes will acquire the title The Tree of the Year 2013, an award (dendrology expertise from the International Arborist Association Slovensko) and a financial contribution of €333 for the tree’s expert treatment. The same goes for the second and third placed trees. Three of those who nominated the trees and three of those who cast their votes will receive vouchers for books. A new development this year is a free-of-charge treatment of at least ten other trees nominated for the poll, as selected by professional arborists of ISA Slovensko based on their health condition, accessibility and geographical location.

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