The European Tree of the Year contest originated in 2011 and is a finale consisting of the winners of the national rounds. The purpose of the European Tree of the Year is to highlight the significance of old trees in the natural and cultural heritage that deserves our care and protection.
Unlike other contests, the European Tree of the Year doesn’t focus on beauty, size or age but rather on the tree’s story and its connection to people. We are looking for trees that have become a part of the wider community.
The Big Cork Oak from Vale do Pereiro, winner of the Portuguese national round, is exactly such a tree with a story! This cork oak of magnificent size, harbors life, awakens feelings and supports livelihoods. In addition to providing cork, a non-wood forest product with huge potential to contribute to green growth, the tree provides a range of other services. Passers-by are surprised with the diameter of the canopy and the local community loves the tree. In the summer, the canopy provides shade and shelter to cork field workers and animals.