Wybicki Oak at Będomin
Species: pedunculate oak (Quercus robur)
Age: 400 years
Region: Będomin, Pomorskie voivodship, Poland
The tree grows near a mansion where Polish national anthem composer Józef Wybicki was born, now housing the Museum of the National Anthem. The ancient oak tree has witnessed entangled lives of Polish and German families involved in Poland's history over the past four centuries. It is here that Józef Wybicki, as a boy, frequently accompanied his father on household duties. For the local community, the tree is not just a natural monument but a representation of Cassubian land and token of Polish identity.
Photo: Tomek Pikuła{{photographer}}
European Tree of the Year 2014
 
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3rd place 
National contest organizer: Klub Gaja
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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2nd place 
Wybicki Oak at Będomin
 
Poland
 
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3rd place 
Zechenter´s Garden Oak
 
Slovakia
 
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4th place 
The Guardian Oak of Višňová
 
Czech Republic
 
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5th place 
The Bonsai Oak in Begard
 
France
 
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6th place 
Niel Gow's Oak
 
Scotland
 
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7th place 
The Birr Castle Grey Poplar
 
Ireland
 
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8th place 
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