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The Big oak of Liernu, Belgium

Photo: Francis Davister

The tree's story

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.

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Common Oak (Quercus robur)

Over 1 000 years

Liernu, Wallonia, Belgium

N 50°35'2.927'', E 4°49'40.179''

Nominated by:
Fondation Wallonne pour la Conservation des Habitats (FWCH)

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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