The Big oak of Liernu
Species: Common Oak (Quercus robur)
Age: Over 1 000 years
Region: Liernu, Wallonia, Belgium
While crossing the great Coal Forest, Charlemagne stops in a clearing. A jay flies by and drops an acorn that hits the emperor's skull. With his foot, Charlemagne pushes it into the ground. He adds: little acorn, the inhabitants of Liernu will remember you. This oak is more than 1000 years old. Its trunk was transformed into a chapel dedicated to Saint Antony the Hermit. On 30 May 2015 three twinned oaks inspired by the concept of the "father of Europe" founded in Liernu the Chain of the European Oaks.
Photo: Francis Davister
European Tree of the Year 2016
 
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9th place 
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