The Village Lime Tree of Massemen, Belgium

Photo: Roel Jacobs, Hugo Baeyens, Benedicte Vispoel

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.
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Large-Leaved Linden (Tilia platyphyllos)

Between 380 and 440 years old

Massemen (Community of Wetteren), East-Flanders, Belgium

N 50 58.861, E 3 52.383

Nominated by:
Stichting Behoud Natuur en Leefmilieu Vlaanderen (SBNL)

EPA is a consortium of six foundations from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. They support community based projects which objectives are to protect the environment and to support and build capacity in local communities. Over the last twenty years, the EPA has provided 10 million Euros of funding to these projects.

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