News: Portuguese Whistler Cork Oak Tree crowned 2018 European Tree of the Year

Over 200 participants attended the annual Award Ceremony in European Parliament to hear the results of the 2018 European Tree of the Year contest.
The Portuguese Whistler Cork Oak Tree won the title of 2018 European Tree of the Year with over 26,000 votes. The Spanish Ancient Elms of Cabeza Buey came in second (22,323 votes), followed by Russian Oak called “the Elder of the Belgorod Forests” (21,884 votes).

The Whistler owes the name to the sound of the countless birds who perch on its branches. Planted in 1783 in Águas de Moura, this cork oak has already been stripped more than twenty times. In addition to its contribution to the cork industry, it plays an important role in the health of the ecosystem and fighting climate change. At 234 years old, the Whistler has been classified as a "Tree of Public Interest" since 1988 and is registered in the Guinness Book of Records as "the largest cork oak in the world".

This year’s Award Ceremony was hosted by Pavel Poc MEP with a keynote speech from Humberto Delgado-Rosa, the Director of Natural Capital for DG Environment in the European Commission. The event was chaired by Ladislav Miko and Natalie Pauwels.

"I would like to thank those who participated and voted all around Europe. It was 100,000 people. It's great, fantastic, absolutely tremendous."
Pavel Poc, MEP

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"I think most people associate trees with nature, forests, ecosystems, habitats, etcetera; rarely do we think of trees as individuals with a name. What I like about this award is that it singles out trees that are so special we can really connect with one of them."
Humberto Delgado Rosa, the Director of Natural Capital in the European Commission.

Following the practice established last year to make the contest more even, we gave every voter two choices. Over 200,000 votes were received from all over Europe.

The final results 2018

  1. Whistler Cork Oak Tree, Portugal
  2. Ancient Elms of Cabeza Buey, Spain
  3. The Oak called “the Elder of the Belgorod Forests”, Russian Federation
  4. Zengövárkony’s Survivor, the Sweet Chestnut, Hungary
  5. The Gilwell Oak, United Kingdom
  6. Apple Tree from Bošáca, Slovakia
  7. The massive plane tree - the symbol of Trsteno, Republic of Croatia
  8. Sequoias from Yuchbunar, Bulgaria
  9. Walnut Tree in Kvasice, Czech Republic
  10. Witches Spruce, Lithuania
  11. Poplar Helena, Poland
  12. The Lime of the Old Country, Belgium
  13. Oak from Cajvana, Romania

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