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2015: Nominate your favourite tree

2015: Enter your favourite tree: People are known to develop strong emotional ties with trees – yes even the toughest of us! Trees with historical links or trees planted to commemorate loved ones are seen as living memorials. Big, strong stately trees can be a source of reassurance and give us a sense of place.

Do you have a special tree? One that has a special place in your heart. It dosen’t have to be the oldest or most beautiful tree around. Why not send in a hi-resolution photo of you hugging it and write a short story of 150-200 words telling us why it is important to you.

Through the National Tree Huggers 2015 Contest Just Forests aims to get people in Ireland to look around them and appreciate the fabulous and not so fabulous trees in their locality. People and trees with interesting stories from all over Ireland will be taking part in the contest in 2015. Unlike in other contests, the age, beauty and height of the trees are not really that important. What is important though is the story that the tree holds-in other words what the tree means to you no matter what it looks like.

The aim of the contest is to increase awareness of interesting Irish trees and the personal, spiritual, historical and natural heritage that they represent – our tree heritage is important and should be observed, appreciated and protected and we are blessed here in Ireland to have so many trees big and small of personal significance.


Deadline for submitting your favourite tree/story is :

Wednesday 16th September, 2015

Voting will take place during the whole month of October 2015

Winner will be announced on 2nd November 2015

The tree/story with the most votes will be Ireland’s Nomination in the European Tree of the Year 2016 Contest (ETY 2016)

How to Contact us:

Please use the contact form on this website to get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you-happy tree hugging

Previous years of the contest:

2013: Ireland comes third in the European Tree of the Year 2013 Contest <MORE>

2014: The Grey Giant “dies for Ireland.” <MORE>