As previously covered in TCN, this year, the Republic of Croatia will be represented by the winner of the national competition ”Croatian Tree 2020 – The Oldest Medulinka”. It is a 115-year-old lote tree (Celtis australis L.), often referred to as a European nettle tree among other names, which was nominated by the Public Institution for the Management of Protected Areas of Nature of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County as the national coordinator of the competition.
Located on Medulin Square, where it has been following centuries-old customs for many years, the oldest lady of Medulin frequently socialises with both locals and foreign guests. The old Medulin lote tree witnesses man film screenings as well as plays, watches dances during summer concerts and listens to festive singing for the Christmas period, when it is especially dressed up and delights Medulin residents and visitors alike with its beauty.
You will be able to access the selection for the winner of the European Tree 2021 competition by public voting and decide between fourteen leafy candidates of the competition, which attracts an increasing number of nature lovers every year.
Public voting for the two favourite trees, begins online today, Monday the 1st of February, 2021 at 00:00 until February the 28th, 2021 at 00:00. You can vote from one e-mail address only in the period from the 22nd to the 28th of February 2021, the voting results will of course be kept secret.
The winner of the competition will be announced at an online ceremony held in the Belgian capital of Brussels on March the 17th, 2021 as part of the international conference called Planting for the Future.
Voting instructions are below:
– Visit the official website;
– Select two candidates and vote for them;
– Enter your e-mail address in the indicated place to confirm your selection;
– The vote will be respected only after you click on the link you receive to the e-mail address;
– The link through which the page can be accessed in Croatian is: https://treeoftheyear.org/CR.
The European Tree of the Year international competition was created back in 2011 and was inspired by the popular Tree of the Year festival, which has been organised by the Czech Environmental Association for many years over in the Czech Republic.
The competition is organised by the Environmental Partnership Association (EPA) in cooperation with the European Landowners Organisation and the European Commission.
An increasing number of people take part in the competition every year, as evidenced by the number of countries involved. Back in 2017, Croatia joined the candidacy of the Public Institution for the Management of Protected Areas of Nature of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County as the national coordinator of the competition. Thus, in partnership with the Faculty of Forestry, University of Zagreb, Hrvatske sume/Croatian forests and the Croatian Agrometeorological Society, the Public Institution became the organiser of the national competition called Croatian Tree of the Year.