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Millennial Lime Tree of Heede, Germany

Photo: Mirko Liesebach

The tree's story

This remarkable Lime Tree has a circumference of about 18 meters and played an important role in the lives of the villagers of Heede for centuries. Under this tree the champion marksman of the municipality is proclaimed every year. In the past, young couples exchanged vows under the linden tree. In recent decades tree renovations were carried out regularly in order to preserve this landmark and thus also to keep the associated traditions of the villagers for next generations.

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Large-leaved Lime (Tilia platyphyllos)

600 years

Heede, Lower Saxony, Germany

52°59'35.873", N 7°17'45.776"E

Nominated by:
Deutsche Dendrologische Gesellschaft e.V. (DDG)

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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