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The Thousand Year Old Lime, Czech republic

Photo: Lenka Grossmannová

The tree's story

This tree is called “The Thousand Year Old Lime”, although it is probably a couple of centuries younger. It became a part of the community and it is pictured on the coat of arms and the flag of the village. A local chronicler remembers there was a wall around the tree when he was young and you could enter the tree hollow on a staircase and sit on a bench. In the 50’s a storm split the tree in half and a local craftsman reinforced the remains of the tree with metal bands. The rest of the tree lay untouched in Mr Sedlak’s garden until it rotted away - nobody dared to burn the wood.

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Lime (Tilia platyphyllos)

650 years

Tatobity, Liberec region, Czech republic

50°34'5.505"N, 15°16'28.742"E

Nominated by:
Czech Environmental Partnership Association

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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