EP to Announce European Tree of 2014

World | March 19, 2014, Wednesday // 16:43

European Parliament is to announce on Wednesday the winner of European Tree of the Year contest.

The winner will be determined by an EU-wide poll, in which people could choose among trees from 9 different countries - the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Ireland, Poland, France, Italy, the UK, and Bulgaria. Bulgaria's candidate is The Old Elm, a city located to the east of the country.

The tree is 1100 years old and 10 meters high, with a diameter of 5.65 cm. The Old Elm is very popular among Sliven's inhabitants, which see it as a symbol of their city, as well as the best-known landmark when one wants to get together with friends.

It was once part of an ancient forest that stretched from Southern Bulgaria's Rhodope Mountains to the Black Sea.

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