Tamme-Lauri oak
Species: Common oak (Quercus robur)
Age: About 700 years
Region: Urvaste Parish, Võru County, Estonia
The Tamme-Lauri oak was named after Laurits, the god of fire, who was said to live in the oak. The oak was featured on the back of the Estonian ten kroon banknote. A legend says that the tree started growing from a carriage part that a Swedish king hit into the ground! The oak has been hit repeatedly by lighting, damaging the branches, and the center had become hollow. Seven people could stand inside the tree. Tamme-Lauri oak is the fattest and oldest tree in Estonia.
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European Tree of the Year 2016
 
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7th place 
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2016

 
The oldest tree of Bátaszék
 
Hungary
 
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The Thousand Year Old Lime
 
Czech republic
 
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Pear from Bošáca - Zabudišová
 
Slovakia
 
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The Oak of Bolko
 
Poland
 
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Canicosa´s Pine-Oak
 
Spain
 
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The oak from Danube park in Silistra
 
Bulgaria
 
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Tamme-Lauri oak
 
Estonia
 
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The Cubbington Pear Tree
 
England, UK
 
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The Big oak of Liernu
 
Belgium
 
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The Suffragette Oak
 
Scotland, UK
 
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Millennial Lime Tree of Heede
 
Germany
 
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Weeping blue cedar
 
France
 
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The Peace Tree
 
Northern Ireland, UK
 
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Survival at the cutting edge oak
 
Wales, UK
 
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The Generation Tree
 
Ireland
 
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15th place