For ten years the European Tree of the Year have been searching for trees with the most interesting stories.
The votes for the European Tree of the Year 2020, that we encouraged our readers to vote on, are in!
The #treeoftheyear winners are:
- GUARDIAN OF THE FLOODED VILLAGE, Czech Republic
- GINKGO FROM DARUVAR, Republic of Croatia and
- LONELY POPLAR, Russian Federation
SPECIES: SCOTS PINE (PINUS SYLVESTRIS)
AGE: 350 YEARS
REGION: CHUDOBÍN, VYSOČINA REGION, CZECH REPUBLIC
Memento of the lost village
This pine from Chudobín grows on the rocky headland of the dam called Vír. The name of the pine is in connection with the flooded village of Chudobín, which ceased to exist due to the construction of a dam. According to a legend narrated by locals, a devil sat under the pine in the night and played the violin. However it is much more likely that they were hearing the strong winds blowing over the valley. This pine tree is not only an important landmark but also an impressive testimony to its high resistance to climate change and human impact.
If you didn’t participate this year please join in next year.
Oh yes, THE ALLERTON OAK, our entry from the UK, got 16,449 votes and was 7th Place
You can find out more and read all the Tree’s Stories at https://www.treeoftheyear.org/vysledky