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The Oak of Bolko, Poland

Photo: Grzegorz Chwesiuk, Municipal Office Ruda Huta, Tomek Pikuła

The tree's story

According to legend, the more than a thousand-year-old oak of Bolko is linked with the origins of the Polish State. It is believed that King Boleslaw Chrobry rested in the shadow of the tree during the campaign to Kiev in 1018. This majestic symbol of natural beauty is a source of pride for the region. The oak's name day party, known as Bolkowanie, is celebrated annually and attracts thousands of people to the municipality of Ruda-Huta, who admire the greatness and mightiness of this monumental tree.

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Oak (Quercus robur)

1000 years

Hniszów, municipality Ruda Huta, Lublin province, Poland

51°15'30.600"N, 23°41'46.200"E

Nominated by:
Stowarzyszenie Ekologiczno-Kulturalne Klub Gaja

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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