The Village Lime Tree of Massemen
Species: Large-Leaved Linden (Tilia platyphyllos)
Age: Between 380 and 440 years old
Region: Massemen (Community of Wetteren), East-Flanders, Belgium
The Village's Best Friend for over 400 years
This lime tree is beloved in Massemen, as should be the case with any veteran tree. Its knobbly trunk, its hollow inside and its leaves speak for themselves. It groaned in fright when the village church burned down in 1645, feasted with the lords of Massemen when the village became a princedom and saw how the French invaders were beaten in 1798. The lime tree spreads a delicious perfume and is featured on many a painting. And people still fall in love under its canopy.
Photo: Roel Jacobs, Hugo Baeyens, Benedicte Vispoel
European Tree of the Year 2017
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Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2017

Oak Józef
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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
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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
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The "Ding Dong" Tree
Scotland, UK
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Plane tree from Budatin
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Aprisquillo Pine
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Russalka oak
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The Village Lime Tree of Massemen
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Stelmužė oak
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The most beautiful plane tree of the Jászai Mari square
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Hugh O’Flaherty’s Trees
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Climbing Beech in Hoppenrade
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