An apple tree from Bošáca bears the title of Slovak Tree of 2017. This 13 metre tall, 120 year-old tree with a girth of 251 centimetres will represent Slovakia at the contest European Tree of the Year in February 2018.
Second place belongs to a 22 metre tall pine tree of the same age from Hlohovec and a 30 metre tall 210 year-old plane tree from Sereď took third position.
“Besides advancing to the next round of the contest, the winning tree got €300 for treatment and a dendrologic review from an international arborist company,” said manager of Nadácia Ekopolis and organizer of the contest, Milan Hronec, as cited by the TASR newswire. The trees that placed in second and third place will get €300 as well, he added.
For the third time there was also a competition for schools to collect as many ballot papers as possible. The three most successful schools got planting material of €250, €150 and €100 value.
Primary School Radvanská in Banská Bystrica took first place, followed by the Nursery and Primary School Horné Otrokovce and Primary School of Jan Amos Komenský in Sereď.