“Tree of the Year 2023”: here are the three winners of the prestigious competition!

We now know the winners of the Tree of the Year 2023 competition, which has been organized by Terre Sauvage magazine and the National Forestry Office (ONF) since 2011. The jury actually met this Wednesday, February 17, to deliberate. Three prizes were awarded: Public Prize, Jury Prize and Favorite Prize. Here are the big winners revealed on the contest website.

Audience Award

With 8,051 votes out of a total of 27,555, the Audience Award returns this year to the majestic weeping beech of Bayeux (Calvados), who represented the Normandy region. Located in the city’s botanical garden, it is said to be more than 200 years old and is a graft between two different varieties of beech. It has a wingspan of more than 40 meters and a height of 17 meters. He cannot support his falling branches, he is helped by a support frame.

Jury Prize

A jury composed of Terre Sauvage, the ONF, the ARBRES association and the Bird Protection League (LPO) awarded the Tilleul de la “Combe Droit” from Lapeyrouse (Puy-Puy). de-Dôme, which represented the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. “The tree has the appearance of a perfect trogne, with a hollow trunk, short and massive, imposing and massive frames, topped by about fifty upright branches that shoot up to the sky,” we can read on the competition’s website. Located on farmland, it has been saved from a chainsaw twice.

The jury awarded the prize to Tilleul de la
The jury awarded the prize to Tilleul de la “Combe Droit” from Lapeyrous (Puy-de-Dôme), which represented the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Emmanuel Boitier

Favorite price

In the end, the olive tree from Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (Alpes-Maritimes) won the popular prize awarded by competition partner L’Arbre Vert. This tree, which grew in the foundations of an old wall, consists of several large shoots, giving the whole thing a circumference of 23.5 meters and a height of 15 meters. It is believed to be around 2,000 years old and is considered one of the oldest trees in France. He would see some big names pass by such as Georges Clemenceau, Raymond Poincaré and Aristide Briand.

and what’s next?

As a reminder, initially, 140 trees were presented in the competition. The jury selected 14 candidates at the beginning of September. The public vote then took place from November 8 to December 18, 2023.

The three winners will be photographed by Emmanuel Boitier and will be published in Terre Sauvage in February. The mourning beech will also represent France in the “European Tree of the Year” competition. Voting will open on February 1 at treeoftheyear.org.

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