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The chestnut tree, Pianello, Corsica, France

Photo: Nicolas Van Ingen

The tree's story

This chestnut tree, 15 metres in circumference, belongs to a species which, for hundreds of years, fed human groups settled in the area. Collective memory has recorded its gratitude by naming it “the bread tree”. Furthermore, its fruit is a suitable food for breeding pigs in the traditional way. It is a venerable specimen, worthy of being listed among France’s outstanding trees. From an aesthetic perspective, the discerning eye will note that it looks like a fantastical being – half plant, half human – that stands guard over its surroundings.

Information

Species:
Sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa)

Age:
800 - 1 000 years

Region:
Pianello, Corsica, France

GPS:
42°17'58.8"N 9°14'09.8"E

Nominated by:
Milan Presse – Terre sauvage

Number of votes: 654

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