Polish Oak Józef crowned 2017 European Tree of the Year

More than 200 participants discovered at the European Parliament the results of the 2017 European Tree of the Year contest at the annual Award Ceremony.
Polish Oak Józef has won the title of 2017 European Tree of Year with more than 17 thousand votes, followed by Welsh Brimmon Oak (16,203 votes) and the Czech Lime Tree at Lipka (14,813 votes).

Oak Józef gave shelter to a Jewish family during World War II. The oak’s image was also printed on the Polish 100 złoty bill. Oak Józef receives many visitors and it is likely that it will receive many more now that it has been crowned European Tree of the Year. On behalf of Oak Józef, Robert Godek, Head of the Strzyżów District Council, Poland, received the unique wooden trophy that passes from winner to winner every year. 

“A warm thank you to all the people of Wisniowa and all the European supporters for believing in Oak Józef’s candidacy: we will celebrate this honor back home as it deserves!” 
Robert Godek, Head of the Strzyżów District Council, Poland


This year’s Award Ceremony has been organized under the patronage of Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, and hosted by Pavel Poc MEP and Bronis Ropė MEP. The event was chaired by Ladislav Miko and Natalie Pauwels. 

“The European Tree of the Year initiative has an important role to play in showcasing Europe's wonderful diversity and fostering shared values among European citizens. Every year, thousands of European take part, demonstrating their common connection to the natural environment."
Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director General for Environment of the European Commission
This year the contest’s rules have been adapted to make the contest more even by giving every voter two choices. 125,568 votes have been received from all over Europe.

The final results 2017

1. Oak Józef, Poland
2. The Brimmon Oak, Wales, UK
3. The lime tree at Lipka, Czech Republic
4. The Céron park saman, France
5. The Sycamore Gap Tree, England, UK
6. The Holm Oak, Northern Ireland, UK
7. The venerable sessile oak by the Nasalevtsi church, Bulgaria
8. The "Ding Dong" Tree, Scotland, UK
9. Plane tree from Budatin, Slovakia
10. Aprisquillo Pine, Spain
11. Russalka oak, Estonia
12. The Village Lime Tree of Massemen, Belgium
13. Stelmužė oak, Lithuania
14. The most beautiful plane tree of the Jászai Mari square, Hungary
15. Hugh O’Flaherty’s Trees, Ireland
16. Climbing Beech in Hoppenrade, Germany

See more on www.treeoftheyear.org