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Killarney- Thursday 24th September, 2015

About the contest:

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. But what about the lesser-known trees? The ones we secretly identify with!

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 and story is : Saturday 17th October, 2015

Voting will take place from Wednesday 21st October right through to Saturday 14th November, 2015.

Winner will be announced on 14th 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)

The prize:

The winner (the tree/story with the most votes) will be Ireland’s nomination in the European Tree of the Year 2016 Contest (ETY 2016) which take place in February 2016. Fourteen countries will participate in ETY 2016.

The winner will also receive a weekend stay for two people in the Arbutus Hotel in Killarney, Co Kerry. The Arbutus is a member of Irish Country Hotels, a unique collection of family owned and run hotels in Ireland, which you will find are the most friendly hotels throughout Ireland, offering traditional hospitality, friendly and personal service and the only hotel group to have achieved Guaranteed Irish status.

The winner will also receive a hand-crafted Irish oak framed copy of their winning tree made by Just Forests founder Tom Roche and very kindly sponsored by (to be named soon)

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

Roles and responsibilities of participants:

Each participant is responsible for providing a high-resolution picture (2MB) of their tree and submitting their story (100/120 words).

Each participant is responsible for promoting their entry and generating votes through whatever means they wish-FACEBOOK, Twitter, etc, etc.

Winner is responsible for travel to and from the Arbutus Hotel.


Previous years of the contest:

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

2014: The Grey Giant of Birr Castle Demense “dies for Ireland.” <MORE>