The Guardian Oak of Višňová
Species: pedunculate oak (Quercus robur)
Age: 150 years
Region: Višňová, Liberec region, Czech Republic
The Municipality of Višňová was badly affected by flooding in 2010, with 42 houses flooded. The water took away cars and trees amongst other things. However, one massive tree was able to withstand the floods and many half timber houses nearby were rescued as well. Unfortunately, not all houses were so lucky. Yet, thanks to this oak, a married couple and a dog were able to reach safety on the roof of a house it was supporting. Although the tree was badly damaged, it remained standing through everything. Local people call this oak 'The Protector'; they hope, that they will not need its help again.
Photo: Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation
European Tree of the Year 2014
 
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5th place 
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2014

 
The Old Elm
 
Bulgaria
 
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The Giant Wild Pear of Gödöllő
 
Hungary
 
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Wybicki Oak at Będomin
 
Poland
 
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Zechenter´s Garden Oak
 
Slovakia
 
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4th place 
The Guardian Oak of Višňová
 
Czech Republic
 
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The Bonsai Oak in Begard
 
France
 
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Niel Gow's Oak
 
Scotland
 
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The Birr Castle Grey Poplar
 
Ireland
 
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The Oak at the Gate of the Dead
 
Wales
 
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9th place 
The Tree of Perfect Gaiety
 
Italy
 
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10th place