European Tree of the Year 2024: Photo of nominations and the Czech Republic

European Tree of the Year 2024: Photo of nominations and the Czech Republic
European Tree of the Year 2024: Photo of nominations and the Czech Republic
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Number The name of the tree Age Earth 1 Oak of the Pálffy family 500+ Slovakia The story of the tree: The Pálffy oak is one of the last trees that began to write its story before the arrival of the Pálffys in Malacieka. Just slow down and the old tree will tell you stories of nobility, wars, old loves, epidemics, fires and markets. It is one of the oldest specimens found in the grounds of the National Cultural Monument Castle Park and, together with the trees located in the immediate vicinity of the castle, creates the composition of a park that forms a wild forest. 2 Camellia 300 Portugal The story of the tree: Multi-secular, located in Guimarães in the centuries-old gardens of the ancient Villa Margaridi (10th century), integrated into a historical garden that is an example of the art of Topiary, with high aesthetic and biological value, stands out after centuries of careful shaping that resulted in a monumental creation volumes, colors and geometric shapes. A wonderful example of symbiosis between nature and man. It has been listed as a national heritage site since 2022 and was voted Tree of the Year in Guimarães in 2021. 3 “Kanepju” oak 450–800 Latvia The story of the tree: The Kaņepju oak – the second largest oak in Latvia and the Baltics, the pride and symbol of the local community, people chose to experience important moments under the crown of the oak. His trunk was once split in half by lightning, leaving a large hollow in the middle. Various names and initials are carved on it, the oldest dates back to 1886. In 1933, Atpūta, the most popular magazine in Latvia at the time, announced a competition for the biggest oak tree. The first place was the Kaņepju oak. 4 Tree of the Lithuanian Patriarch 200 Lithuania The story of the tree: The horse chestnut growing in the homestead of Jonas Basanavičius, known as the patriarch of the nation, is the only authentic object that survived the Second World War. In the past, people gathered under its branches to express their national beliefs and patriotism, although this was punished in the occupied country. They decorated the branches of the tree with national flags and woven ribbons. Today, museum visitors lean on him to experience the spirit of the patriarch. 5 A pear stands in a wide field 110 Czechia The story of the tree: The memorial pear tree is not very big, measuring about two meters around the trunk and eight meters in height. However, she is extremely resilient and brave. It survived collectivization in the days of the former Czechoslovakia, consolidation of fields, construction of land reclamations and unprofessional interventions in the surrounding landscape. Its unusual shape reflects the strong winds that most often blow from the west in this area, as well as its lonely location in the middle of a field. 6 Cedar by the Sainte-Marie school 140 Belgium The Story of the Tree: Anyone who has walked past this school or entered the city will know this majestic tree. It shapes the landscape and creates a soothing connection between nature and the city. Sometimes it is considered a sacred tree of the gods, at other times a symbol of fertility, peace and harmony. A remarkable symbol chosen by the Marists! Today, with a height of 28 m, a span of 27 m and a trunk with a circumference of 470 cm, it is one of the largest cedars in Belgium. This cedar, the emblem of the school, is one of the most beautiful trees in the region. 7 The Green Lady of the “Krka” National Park 400 Croatia The story of the tree: It is not known who planted the mulberry tree, which for generations has stood on the right bank of the river under the remains of the Buda mill, but it is a symbol of the silk past and the sweet present of this region. The white mulberry tree is estimated to be about 400 years old and has a trunk circumference of 475 cm. It is part of tradition and a recognizable image of the landscape. Trees, as a manifestation of life itself, have always been strongly associated with man. Today, the old mulberry tree provides shade and shelter for new generations. 8 The heart of the garden 200 Poland The story of the tree: This monumental beech grows in the middle of an old park. Its majestic appearance impresses us with its unusually shaped and thick trunk, wide-spreading branches and purple-colored leaves that glisten beautifully in the sun. The “heart of the garden” is living proof of the historical turmoil of the old park and dominates the arboretum that surrounds it. In the shadow of its large, widely branched crown, enthusiasts still meet – just as they did 100 or 200 years ago – united by an admiration for nature. 9 Lipa Maria 650+ Netherlands The story of the tree: The oldest official mention of the Marie Linden in Oisterwijk dates back to 1388. The tree, which is also called the Old Linden, is probably older than 650 years. Her life is connected with many generations of residents. Under its imposing crown, justice was administered and meetings of the city’s representatives were held here. It was said that it could hide a lot of people. Lípa Maria has seen numerous markets, weddings and city celebrations. She almost died out during the 1800s, but created a new strain. She is still loved by all. 10 Thousand-year-old oak 1000+ Ukraine The story of the tree: The thousand-year-old oak is the oldest tree in the Lviv region, which took root on the territory of the local church of St. Michael in the village of Veryn. In 1984, the old oak received the status of a botanical monument. The tree has several cavities, one of which is so large that it resembles a cave. There is a legend that during the Second World War, a sniper sat in the hollow and prevented the creation of a crossing over the Dniester River. In 1917, there was a school of Ukrainian Sich marksmen in Veryno. The soldiers immortalized the old tree in a photograph that was later used as an image on a postcard. 11 Spanish oak La Vega 400 Spain The story of the tree: “Meadow cut” is around 400 years old and extremely large: it is over 12 meters high, its trunk is over 4 meters in circumference, its crown is over 28 meters in diameter and it creates a shade of around 580 m2. It also holds the record for the number of people who hide under it – 2,000 in total. It is exceptionally well-preserved, which is mainly due to the residents of Coripe, who have been taking care of it for generations. Every May there is a pilgrimage to the tree in honor of Our Lady of Fatima. 12 A thousand-year-old olive tree from Luras 3000–4000 Italy The story of the tree: The thousand-year-old olive tree is a natural wonder that fascinates and amazes with its grandeur and beauty. This ancient tree is located in the small town of Luras in Sardinia and is considered to be one of the oldest examples of wild olive trees on the island. For the wisdom of his age, he is defined as the “Patriarch of Nature”, estimated to be 3000 to 4000 years old. The tree has a robust and durable structure that testifies to its longevity, it is a true symbol of resistance and continuity. 13 Viiralt’s Oak 300–400 Estonia The story of the tree: The Viiralt Oak, named after a 1943 engraving by the famous Estonian graphic artist Eduard Viiralt, stands proudly in the Viljandi region of Estonia. This 13 meter tall tree, also known as Tamme-Koori tamm, is a bearer of historical intrigue. Legend has it that the Swedish king personally planted it from a broken trunk, promising the return of Swedish power to Estonia. Despite the changes in the landscape, the oak remains robust, with a girth of 550 cm. Commemorated on Estonia’s 90th anniversary silver coin, this iconic tree has cultural and historical significance. It is a must-see for art lovers and those exploring Estonia’s rich heritage. 14 Bayeux beech 160 France The story of the tree: The Beech of Bayeux is a rare French natural monument that has become as famous as the Bayeux Tapestry in Normandy. Popular for its immense canopy and massive twisting branches, it is the perfect romantic venue for celebrations and weddings. Due to today’s span of the crown – over 40 meters – the city has had to constantly improve the incredible supporting structure for the last 100 years. Constant care and love for the tree, which is also reflected in the e-mails it receives, are its best protection for the future. 15 Chestnut tree in Acton Park, Wrexham 500 Great Britain The story of the tree: A chestnut tree planted in Wrexham, Wales is the winner of the national round of Tree of the Year, winning with an impressive 17% of the vote. The giant tree, estimated to be nearly 500 years old, is a symbol of the city’s resilience, which has weathered challenges ranging from post-war looting of the park for firewood in the 1940s to dozens of deadly storms. The tree is celebrated and loved by locals for its beauty and history, and is often the centerpiece of picnics and celebrations.

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