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Canicosa´s Pine-Oak , Spain

Photo: José Cuesta

The tree's story

This unusual model of coexistence is located in an old wooded pasture surrounded by oaks, and facing north towards the village of Canicosa. A pine seed left in the hole of an oak germinated and a small pine started to grow trying to find the light and soil. The pine, stronger and younger than the old oak, increases and accelerates the oak´s decrepitude.  This ephemeral whim of nature is a symbol of unity between the people of this land and their way of life, assuring sustainable use of the wood, mushrooms and toadstools, acorns… So, people love him and he’s a symbol for them.

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Pyrenean oak (Quercus pyrenaica) and Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris)

Oak: 250 years, Pine: 130 years

Canicosa de la Sierra, Castilla and León, Spain

41°55'52.784"N, 3°2'32.477"W

Nominated by:
Bosques Sin Fronteras (BSF)

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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