The Peace Tree
Species: Oak (Quercus robur)
Age: 96 years
Region: Woodvale Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
This oak, in Belfast's Woodvale Park, was planted on Empire Day, 1919. It is a tree of remembrance and peace, in honour of those who never returned from the First World War. It became an important focal point for veterans for years after the war, before being forgotten. The tree was rediscovered in 2006 (the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme)and became reinvigorated back into the community. A railing, put in place by Belfast City Council, now surrounds it. And with the newly commissioned European War Memorial now adjacent, visitor interest has flourished.
Photo: Michael Cooper
European Tree of the Year 2016
 
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13th place 
National contest organizer: Woodland Trust Northern Ireland
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2016

 
The oldest tree of Bátaszék
 
Hungary
 
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1st place 
The Thousand Year Old Lime
 
Czech republic
 
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2nd place 
Pear from Bošáca - Zabudišová
 
Slovakia
 
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3rd place 
The Oak of Bolko
 
Poland
 
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4th place 
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