The oldest tree of Bátaszék
Species: Downy oak (Quercus pubescens)
Age: 300 - 400 years old
Region: Bátaszék, Tolna county, Hungary
The oak of Bátaszék survived as a memory of a forest from the 18th century and the chapel behind it was built at the time of the plague. The tree and the chapel guard the settlement and its people who also found protection here during the flood of 1956. The local farmers have always looked after the tree: they cut the dry branches and painted the stump to protect it from diseases. According to local tradition, the trunk of oak has to be sprinkled with wine in order to ensure next year’s rich grape harvest.
Photo: Bátaszék Town
European Tree of the Year 2016
 
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National contest organizer: Ökotárs Alapítvány
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2016

 
The oldest tree of Bátaszék
 
Hungary
 
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The Thousand Year Old Lime
 
Czech republic
 
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Pear from Bošáca - Zabudišová
 
Slovakia
 
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3rd place 
The Oak of Bolko
 
Poland
 
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Canicosa´s Pine-Oak
 
Spain
 
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5th place 
The oak from Danube park in Silistra
 
Bulgaria
 
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6th place 
Tamme-Lauri oak
 
Estonia
 
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7th place 
The Cubbington Pear Tree
 
England, UK
 
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8th place 
The Big oak of Liernu
 
Belgium
 
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9th place 
The Suffragette Oak
 
Scotland, UK
 
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10th place 
Millennial Lime Tree of Heede
 
Germany
 
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11th place 
Weeping blue cedar
 
France
 
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12th place 
The Peace Tree
 
Northern Ireland, UK
 
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13th place 
Survival at the cutting edge oak
 
Wales, UK
 
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14th place 
The Generation Tree
 
Ireland
 
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15th place