Interesting and sometimes even touching – the stories of the finalists of the European Tree of the Year contest 2012 show the connection between people and nature. Vote for your favourite tree from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Poland, Romania or Slovakia until 29 February on the official website. The winning tree will be awarded at a ceremony at IUCN's office Brussels by the organizer of the contest – the Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation.
A thousand-year-old pistacia from Corsica was saved by her owner Élise. When the neighbourhood was engulfed in flames, she asked the firemen to save the rare tree instead of her house. A Hungarian lime tree protects its forest as well as the Bánó family who still maintain the tradition of introducing new family members to the tree.