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Oak Slav, Dębina, Lower Silesia region, Poland

Photo: Tomek Pikuła

The tree's story

The tree is a symbol of Polish identity. It pays homage to those who fought for centuries against the Germanisation of Silesia. The tree dates back to the Silesian Piast dynasty symbolized by the patriotic name Slav. The tree stands in the village of Dębina (meaning oak forest) whose inhabitants cherish it as a living symbol of their local community.

Information

Species:
Pedunculate oak (Quercus robur L.)

Age:
450 years

Region:
Dębina, Lower Silesia region, Poland

GPS:
51°03'24.1"N 17°22'54.9"E

Nominated by:
Stowarzyszenie Ekologiczno-Kulturalne Klub Gaja

Number of votes: 12354

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