Poplar pollard of the Remolinar
Species: Black poplar (Populus nigra)
Age: 250 years
Region: Aguilar del Alfambra, Aragón, Spain
Pollarded poplars are the trees of the people. They are 'working trees', cultural trees. Medieval documents describe that leaf fodder (tree hay), wood fuel and limbs for building with, were obtained from these trasmochos (pollards). They are a large part of the cultural landscape and of the work of the farmers' lives.
Possibly the biggest concentration in Europe is in Aguilar del Alfambra where 4700 pollard polars can be found. In 2009, the first Pollard Poplar Festival was celebrated and this big and healthy poplar, was selected to symbolise 800 year of pollarding in the region. The tree shares a common history with local people and its origin tied to the landscape. 
Photo: Chusé Lois Paricio
European Tree of the Year 2015
 
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3rd place 
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2015

 
Oak tree on a football field
 
Estonia
 
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1st place 
The great plane of Tata
 
Hungary
 
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2nd place 
Poplar pollard of the Remolinar
 
Spain
 
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3rd place 
Oak Slav
 
Poland
 
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4th place 
The Opatovice Pine
 
Czech republic
 
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5th place 
Major Oak
 
England, UK
 
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6th place 
The Plane in Archar village
 
Bulgaria
 
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7th place 
Mulberry - The lighthouse of the history
 
Slovakia
 
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8th place 
Lady's Tree
 
Scotland, UK
 
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9th place 
The Lonely Tree of Llanfyllin
 
Wales, UK
 
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10th place 
The Nail tree
 
Belgium
 
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11th place 
The chestnut tree
 
France
 
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12th place 
Olive Tree from Canneto Sabino
 
Italy
 
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13th place 
Cedar of Lebanon
 
Ireland
 
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14th place