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The oak from Danube park in Silistra, Bulgaria

Photo: Nevyana Marinova

The tree's story

This oak tree is the oldest one in the oldest city park in Bulgaria – the Danube Park of Silistra. The Old Oak as it is commonly known to everyone around, was planted back in 1910. The Danube Park itself was created in 1870. In 1991 it was designated as a natural monument of national importance. The oak tree has a central place in our daily lives and it is always surrounded by many people, who take from its energy for life.

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Common Oak (Quercus robur)

105 years

Silistra, Bulgaria

44°07'18.0"N, 27°15'36.3"E

Nominated by:
Bulgarian Environmental Partnership Foundation

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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