Oak tree on a football field
Species: Oak (Quercus robur)
Age: ~150 years
Region: Orissaare, Saaremaa, Estonia
Is there a place in the world where you can find a stadium which has an oak tree in the middle of it? For the locals in Orissaare its a common thing, but this tree is at heart of the community. Before 1951 there was a small sporting area beside the oak tree, and when it was expanded the tree ended up in the middle of the stadium. Legend says two of Stalin´s tractors tried to pull it out of the ground, but the cables kept breaking. It still has marks from the cables. Students know how to use the tree to complete passes, and it offers shade to the players.
Photo: Elina Kalm
European Tree of the Year 2015
 
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1st place 
National contest organizer: Arboristide Koda MTÜ
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2015

 
Oak tree on a football field
 
Estonia
 
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The great plane of Tata
 
Hungary
 
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2nd place 
Poplar pollard of the Remolinar
 
Spain
 
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3rd place 
Oak Slav
 
Poland
 
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4th place 
The Opatovice Pine
 
Czech republic
 
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5th place 
Major Oak
 
England, UK
 
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6th place 
The Plane in Archar village
 
Bulgaria
 
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7th place 
Mulberry - The lighthouse of the history
 
Slovakia
 
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8th place 
Lady's Tree
 
Scotland, UK
 
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9th place 
The Lonely Tree of Llanfyllin
 
Wales, UK
 
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10th place 
The Nail tree
 
Belgium
 
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11th place 
The chestnut tree
 
France
 
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12th place 
Olive Tree from Canneto Sabino
 
Italy
 
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13th place 
Cedar of Lebanon
 
Ireland
 
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14th place