The Gilwell Oak
Species: Common oak (Quercus robur L.)
Age: 450 - 550 years (estimated)
Region: London, England, United Kingdom
The Gilwell Oak is synonymous with scouting
The Gilwell Oak is synonymous with scouting. It sits at the heart of Gilwell Park in Epping, the home of the scouting movement conceived by Robert Baden Powell. The towering oak was adopted by Powell as a neat analogy in 1929 for not only the growth of the scouting movement worldwide, which began with a small trial camp some 21 years earlier, but as a message to young scouts that big things are possible from modest starts.
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5th place 
Nominated by: Caroline Pantling
National contest organizer: Woodland Trust

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2018

 
Whistler cork oak tree
 
Portugal
 
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1st place 
Ancient elms of Cabeza Buey
 
Spain
 
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2nd place 
The oak called "the Elder of the Belgorod Forests"
 
Russian Federation
 
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3rd place 
Zengővárkony's survivor, the sweet chestnut
 
Hungary
 
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4th place 
The Gilwell Oak
 
United Kingdom
 
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5th place 
Apple tree from Bošáca
 
Slovakia
 
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6th place 
The massive plane tree - the symbol of Trsteno
 
Republic of Croatia
 
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7th place 
Sequoias from Yuchbunar
 
Bulgaria
 
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8th place 
Walnut Tree in Kvasice
 
Czech Republic
 
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9th place 
Witches Spruce
 
Lithuania
 
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10th place 
Poplar Helena
 
Poland
 
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11th place 
The Lime of the Old Country
 
Belgium
 
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12th place 
Oak from Cajvana
 
Romania
 
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13th place