The competition for the European Tree of 2020 started at the begining of February and will last until the end of the month. So there is only a week left to vote for Croatia's entry: the largest and oldest ginkgo in the country!
Among the sixteen candidates for this year's European Tree 2020 competition, the Republic of Croatia is represented by the famous ginkgo tree from Daruvar, the winner of the 2019 Croatian Tree National Competition. It's currently on the third place with over 23 thousand votes, while the first place is held by the Guardian of the Flooded Village in Czech Republic and the second by the Lonely Poplar in Russian Federation.
The ginkgo tree in Daruvar is the largest and oldest in Croatia and also the second oldest in Europe. With its lush canopy and trunk span of more than seven meters, this tree enjoys protection under the Nature Conservation Act in the category of park architecture monuments. This male species of the tree in Daruvar is nicknamed Adam and in “his” shadow grows a female specimen of a ginkgo tree named Eve.
Public voting through the website www.treeoftheyear.org began on Saturday, 01 February 2020 at 00:00. And you can vote for your two favourite trees from one email address by February 29, 2020 at 00:00. The winner of the competition will be announced in Brussels on March 17, 2020 at a ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of the start of the competition.
The aim of the competition is to promote biodiversity and natural resources across the European Union. However, the competition seeks to promote individual trees and their stories as natural monuments in the same way that UNESCO promotes World Heritage.