ASUNCION – A 46-meter (150-foot) pink trumpet tree was the winner Thursday of a competition in Paraguay aimed at helping protect forests and promote environmental protection.
Contest organizers selected five of the most spectacular trees, from among the 200 trees nominated, all located in eastern Paraguay.
The top of the winning pink trumpet measures 70.18 meters (about 230 feet) and its trunk is 5.6 meters (about 19 feet) in diameter.
The huge tree is located in San Cristobal, a district in the eastern province of Alto Parana, officials said during the awards ceremony in Asuncion.
A Todo Pulmon Paraguay Respira, an environmental group, organized the competition, which awarded the second and third prizes to two Pacara Earpod trees in different locations in northern San Pedro province.
The contest set a height of 20 meters (about 66 feet) and a trunk of more than three meters (about 10 feet) in diameter as the minimum requirements for owners who wanted to nominate their trees.
A team of 50 people, including experts from major universities in Paraguay, traveled more than 2,200 kilometers (nearly 1,400 miles) in the eastern region for five days to confirm the finalists’ measurements.
The “Colosos de la tierra” contest was established in 2012 to help save a 200-year-old tree that was going to be cut.
The project’s goal is to promote public awareness of deforestation in Paraguay, which ranks sixth worldwide in terms of forests lost each year, according to UN Food and Agriculture Organization figures.