The Brimmon Oak
Species: Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robur)
Age: over 500 years
Region: Newtown, Powys, Wales, UK
A new bypass was “bent” to save this wonderful ancient tree
This ancient pollarded oak may be over 500 years old and has been cared for by one family for generations. Even their family wedding photographs from 1901 were taken under its spreading canopy. But in 2015 it was threatened with destruction by a new bypass. Mervyn Jones, who farms the land, campaigned hard to save the tree with Tree Hunter Rob McBride and following a 5,000 signature petition to the Welsh Assembly, the bypass route was adjusted so as to do this.
Photo: Tracey Williams, Mervyn Jones, Rob McBride
European Tree of the Year 2017
 
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2nd place 
National contest organizer: Coed Cadw Woodland Trust Wales
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2017

 
Oak Józef
 
Poland
 
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1st place 
The Brimmon Oak
 
Wales, UK
 
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2nd place 
The lime tree at Lipka
 
Czech republic
 
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3rd place 
The Céron park saman
 
France
 
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4th place 
The Sycamore Gap Tree
 
England, UK
 
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5th place 
The Holm Oak
 
Northern Ireland, UK
 
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6th place 
The venerable sessile oak by the Nasalevtsi church
 
Bulgaria
 
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7th place 
The "Ding Dong" Tree
 
Scotland, UK
 
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8th place 
Plane tree from Budatin
 
Slovakia
 
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9th place 
Aprisquillo Pine
 
Spain
 
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10th place 
Russalka oak
 
Estonia
 
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11th place 
The Village Lime Tree of Massemen
 
Belgium
 
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12th place 
Stelmužė oak
 
Lithuania
 
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13th place 
The most beautiful plane tree of the Jászai Mari square
 
Hungary
 
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14th place 
Hugh O’Flaherty’s Trees
 
Ireland
 
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15th place 
Climbing Beech in Hoppenrade
 
Germany
 
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16th place