Niel Gow's Oak
Species: Sessile oak (Quercus petraea)
Age: 300 years
Region: Perthshire, Scotland
Niel Gow was the most famous Scottish fiddler of the 18th century, and today his tunes are played around the globe. Local legend says that many of them were composed under this ancient oak on the River Tay in Perthshire. A seat placed underneath the oak by Forestry Commission Scotland includes a lyric by singer songwriter Michael Marra, “I’ll sit beneath the fiddle tree, with the ghost of Niel Gow next to me”, a tribute to the legacy left to modern musicians by their ancestor.
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European Tree of the Year 2014
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7th place 
National contest organizer: Woodland Trust Scotland
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2014

The Old Elm
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The Giant Wild Pear of Gödöllő
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2nd place 
Wybicki Oak at Będomin
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3rd place 
Zechenter´s Garden Oak
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4th place 
The Guardian Oak of Višňová
Czech Republic
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5th place 
The Bonsai Oak in Begard
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6th place 
Niel Gow's Oak
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7th place 
The Birr Castle Grey Poplar
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8th place 
The Oak at the Gate of the Dead
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9th place 
The Tree of Perfect Gaiety
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10th place 
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