Lime Tree in Lipany
Species: lime (Tilia cordata Miller)
Age: 320 years
Region: Šariš, Prešov region, Slovakia
On the place where in the 11th Century the town of Lipany (Lime town) was founded, grew a sacred old Slavic lime forest. The trees started falling till there were only seven limes left. Until the 16th Century, the town was called Seven Limes (Septemthillis in Latin or Héthárs in Hungarian). This lime grows by St. Martin’s church. It used to be a symbol of a closed agreement on sacred land – any agreement signed on the sacred land under the lime tree in the presence of two witnesses had an official status – it worked as if it was notarized. The connection between Lipany and lime trees is not only a play on words, but a true story and a deep relationship. To this day, there are seven lime trees in the coat of arms of the town. Hundreds of limes grow in and around the town. However, the lime by St. Martin’s church is one of the most beautiful and people treat it as the town’s “honorary freeman”.
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European Tree of the Year 2012
 
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4th place 
National contest organizer: Ekopolis Foundation
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2012

 
The Old Lime Tree of Felsőmocsolád
 
Hungary
 
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1st place 
The Elm Tree from Căpeni (Köpec)
 
Romania
 
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2nd place 
The Wish Tree
 
Bulgaria
 
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3rd place 
Lime Tree in Lipany
 
Slovakia
 
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4th place 
The Oak Grot in Dęblin
 
Poland
 
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5th place 
Alley in Skalička
 
Czech Republic
 
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6th place 
Pistacia in Ghisonaccia (Haute-Corse)
 
France
 
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7th place