The chestnut tree
Species: Sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa)
Age: 800 - 1 000 years
Region: Pianello, Corsica, France
This chestnut tree, 15 metres in circumference, belongs to a species which, for hundreds of years, fed human groups settled in the area. Collective memory has recorded its gratitude by naming it “the bread tree”. Furthermore, its fruit is a suitable food for breeding pigs in the traditional way. It is a venerable specimen, worthy of being listed among France’s outstanding trees. From an aesthetic perspective, the discerning eye will note that it looks like a fantastical being – half plant, half human – that stands guard over its surroundings.
Photo: Nicolas Van Ingen
European Tree of the Year 2015
 
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12th 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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The great plane of Tata
 
Hungary
 
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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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Major Oak
 
England, UK
 
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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