FSC International – Forests for All Forever

Facts & Figures

196,410,948 ha certified
36,887 CoC certificates
1,605 FM/CoC certificates

Waiting for your input …

The latest news and views from FSC, plus related forestry industry updates

Vote for the Elm of Navajas

Thursday, 14 February 2019

© Rosalen Saenz

Join FSC in voting for the Elm of Navajas to win the European Tree of the Year Competition. The competition, which searches for a European tree with the most interesting story.

The Elm of Navajas is located right in the centre of Navajas, a village near Valencia in the East of Spain. The tree is one of the main attractions of the area, as it is the only elm in Europe which has existed for 382 years. Many elms across Europe have been decimated by the Dutch Elm Disease, a fungal disease specific to these trees.

The elm won the first part of the selection against ten other Spanish trees through a local vote last November. FSC Spain is one of the sponsors promoting the tree to win the competition.

This ninth European Tree of the Year competition highlights the important role trees play in the natural and cultural heritage of Europe as well as the ecosystem services they offer.

Voting is open until 28 February 2019. The results will officially be announced at the award ceremony in Brussels on 19 March.

Fifteen trees – including the Elm of Navajas – are competing for the award this year. Each tree comes from a different European country. Other represented countries include Poland, France, Russia, United Kingdom and Croatia.

Click here to vote.


Keeping up with all the latest information about forest management and certification can be difficult. That’s why we collect it for you in our newsroom. The newsroom is where you’ll find news from FSC, as well as information about developments in the wider forestry industry. It’s also home to The Root of the Matter, the monthly blog from FSC Director General Kim Carstensen.