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The Plane in Archar village, Village of Archar, Vidin Region, Bulgaria

Photo: Miroslav Lyudmilov

The tree's story

The story of this tree is a story of a true friend. A friend who has stood for decades as a brave fighter, and a guardian of the people from the village of Archar. The plane is part of their life - an everyday witness of local events, an observer of activities organised by the Community Centre. Every year it greets first graders who enter the local school and bids goodbye to the graduating students. On Sundays it casts its friendly shadow over visitors to the weekly market. It attends the traditional "Ilinden" Archar Fair as a most renowned guest and also takes part in all festive events.


Plane (Platanus)

51 years

Village of Archar, Vidin Region, Bulgaria

43°48'34.1"N 22°55'09.6"E

Nominated by:
Bulgarian Environmental Partnership Foundation

Number of votes: 7052

Do you care about trees? If the answer is yes...please help us to protect and care for them.


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.

The Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation helps people take care of the environment. In 2002, it started the tradition of the Tree of the Year contest, a model that was later adopted by other European countries. The Foundation also seeks to involve people in tree planting programmes, in creating quality public spaces, in traffic calming initiatives, and in attracting sustainable tourism and cycling. It is located in the Open Garden Centre it has built in Brno, Czech Republic.

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