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Oak tree on a football field, Orissaare, Saaremaa, Estonia

Photo: Elina Kalm

The tree's story

Is there a place in the world where you can find a stadium which has an oak tree in the middle of it? For the locals in Orissaare its a common thing, but this tree is at heart of the community. Before 1951 there was a small sporting area beside the oak tree, and when it was expanded the tree ended up in the middle of the stadium. Legend says two of Stalin´s tractors tried to pull it out of the ground, but the cables kept breaking. It still has marks from the cables. Students know how to use the tree to complete passes, and it offers shade to the players.

Information

Species:
Oak (Quercus robur)

Age:
~150 years

Region:
Orissaare, Saaremaa, Estonia

GPS:
58°33'32.4"N 23°04'48.8"E

Nominated by:
Arboristide Koda MTÜ

Number of votes: 59836

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