TREE OF THE YEAR
Trees are beautiful and have been a symbol of life since prehistoric times. The trees supplied people with food, protection and even with immortality. Many nations believe that the souls of their dead rise through the branches of tall trees on their way to heaven. Trees are organic part of the landscape and therefore they deserve our respect and admiration. They require tender care to grow. Unfortunately they are more and more frequently victims of human activities, despite the fact that a landscape without trees is really sad.
The contest is implemented by the Environmental Partnership Foundation
The program is promoted by the Europa FM Radio.
Media partner: Think Outside of the Box
Founders: The Czech Ministry for the Environment, State Environmental Fund of the Czech Republic, Nadace Partnerstvi, Apemin Tusnad SA.
The Tree of the Year in Romania program is envisaged as an attempt for awareness raising and for emphasizing the importance of the trees in the life of the communities.
The planned time schedule of the contest in 2011:
• 5th of June, 2011 - Program launching -with the occasion of the International Day of Environmental Protection
• 5th of June -1st of July - period for submitting the applications
• 31st of July, 2011 - Deadline for submitting the applications (tree nominations)
• 15th - 31th of August, 2011 - Selection by the Jury of the 12 finalists
• 10th of September - 31st of October - Voting process period for the listed 12 finalists
• First half of November - Awarding Event for the Winner Tree
a) Register a Tree
Anybody can register a tree in the Tree of the Year contest. Individuals, communities, schools, authorities, companies are eligible to participate in the contest.
The application can be submitted through the following ways:
- Completing (in Romanian) the on-line form of the program
- By downloading the form from the website of the program, completing it, and sending it as an e-mail attachement to firstname.lastname@example.org
- By downloading the application form from the website of the program, completing it and mailing it by post to the following address:
Fundația pentru Parteneriat
530120 Miercurea Ciuc
Str. Arsenalului nr.13
As part of the application, attaching of a good quality photo (jpg format) is mandatory.
We are searching for the most lovable tree, a tree with a story that can hold the community together, a rare or mystic tree which is a symbol of the community.
Deadline for sending the applications: 31st of July, 2011
b) Selection of the received applications
The selection of the received applications will be done by a national jury formed by: botanists, journalists, NGO and sponsor representatives, etc. The jury will select 12 finalist trees. The main selection criteria will be the story of the nominated trees.
c) The Voting process
The files of the 12 finalist trees will be uploaded on the website of the program starting with the 10th of September 2011. Starting with that date over 50 days anyone who will visit the site will have the opportunity to vote for the preferred tree. Your vote will only be counted after you click on the link in the e-mail you receive after voting. Only one vote is possible with one e-mail address. From each IP voting is possible with maximum five e-mail addreses.
The tree that will receive the highest number of votes at the end of the voting period (31st October 2011) will be declared as winner of the Tree of the Year contest.
d) Awarding ceremony
An awarding ceremony will be organized for the winning tree. The Environmental Partnership Foundation will offer a 3000 RON prize as well. The funds will be used for maintanance activities on and arround the tree. If such measures are not needed the funds can be used for tree planting activites or for green space rehabilition in the respective locality.