Tallinn European City of Trees 2015
European City of the Trees (ECOT) is an annual award which the European Arboricultural Council (EAC) hands over to a city for its commitment to inner urban tree care. To date, there have been 8 award winning cities: Valencia (2007), Turin (2008), Malmoe (2009), Prague (2010), Turku (2011), Amsterdam (2012), Krakow (2013), and Frankfurt (2014). Tallinn becomes the 9th city that deserves special attention for managing its trees, because it has many veteran and monumental trees which have to be taken care of. This could be a good example to others.
The judges of EAC decided to award the City of Tallinn European City of Trees 2015. This is recognition of Tallinn’s efforts in planting, maintaining and preserving of urban trees.
The idea behind the ECOT award is to point out the role model a city may have either for a region or even for a whole country. Thus the EAC follows one of its main aims to support sustainable inner urban tree management. In view of future challenges due to global climate change, professional treatment of trees has become an essential issue. Trees in a sturdy and healthy condition are one of the most important warrantors for cities worth living in. Beside climate reasons, trees also provide comfort to citizens. Scientific studies prove that people gladly live in green cities. Moreover, having an attractive tree scape is a crucial locational advantage in competing with other cities. Companies tend to settle more frequently in green cities or green urban areas because of the availability of personnel and for promotional reasons.
The handover will take place on the 19th of June during the anual meeting of EAC in Tallinn in the Old Town near the 350 year old Kelch linden. Gallery
Estonia is represented in EAC by Eesti Arboristide Ühing since 2012.
Press-releas of EAC about European City of Trees
Additional information about greenery in Tallinn.
Article in newspaper “Capital City” (translation from Estonian)