Oak tree on a football field
Species: Oak (Quercus robur)
Age: ~150 years
Region: Orissaare, Saaremaa, Estonia
Is there a place in the world where you can find a stadium which has an oak tree in the middle of it? For the locals in Orissaare its a common thing, but this tree is at heart of the community. Before 1951 there was a small sporting area beside the oak tree, and when it was expanded the tree ended up in the middle of the stadium. Legend says two of Stalin´s tractors tried to pull it out of the ground, but the cables kept breaking. It still has marks from the cables. Students know how to use the tree to complete passes, and it offers shade to the players.
Photo: Elina Kalm
European Tree of the Year 2015
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National contest organizer: Arboristide Koda MTÜ
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2015

Oak tree on a football field
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The great plane of Tata
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Poplar pollard of the Remolinar
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Oak Slav
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The Opatovice Pine
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Major Oak
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The Plane in Archar village
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Mulberry - The lighthouse of the history
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Lady's Tree
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The Lonely Tree of Llanfyllin
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The Nail tree
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The chestnut tree
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Olive Tree from Canneto Sabino
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Cedar of Lebanon
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