The Holm Oak
Species: Holm oak (Quercus ilex)
Age: about 200 years
Region: Rostrevor, County Down, Northern Ireland, UK
OLD HOMER - Bent but not Broken - Northern Ireland
I’m the 200-year-old leaning Holm Oak near the Fairy Glen in Rostrevor - now I need support! I’ve been loved by generations of local people; for decades, artists, writers and musicians have been inspired under my evergreen leaves. Charles Dickens, C. S. Lewis and the young Princess Elizabeth have walked the ground I stand on. Hundreds of children have climbed my strong dragon-skin back or swung from my branches. We’ve all become friends. I hear your voices: you touch my spirit as I reach for the light.
Photo: Michael, Cooper, Alistair Livingstone, Paul Clerkin
European Tree of the Year 2017
 
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National contest organizer: Woodland Trust Northern Ireland
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2017

 
Oak Józef
 
Poland
 
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The Brimmon Oak
 
Wales, UK
 
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The lime tree at Lipka
 
Czech republic
 
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The Céron park saman
 
France
 
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The Sycamore Gap Tree
 
England, UK
 
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The Holm Oak
 
Northern Ireland, UK
 
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The venerable sessile oak by the Nasalevtsi church
 
Bulgaria
 
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The "Ding Dong" Tree
 
Scotland, UK
 
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Plane tree from Budatin
 
Slovakia
 
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Aprisquillo Pine
 
Spain
 
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Russalka oak
 
Estonia
 
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The Village Lime Tree of Massemen
 
Belgium
 
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Stelmužė oak
 
Lithuania
 
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The most beautiful plane tree of the Jászai Mari square
 
Hungary
 
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Hugh O’Flaherty’s Trees
 
Ireland
 
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Climbing Beech in Hoppenrade
 
Germany
 
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