Wybicki Oak at Będomin

Species: pedunculate oak (Quercus robur)
Age: 400 years years
Region: Będomin, Pomorskie voivodship, Poland

The tree grows near a mansion where Polish national anthem composer Józef Wybicki was born, now housing the Museum of the National Anthem. The ancient oak tree has witnessed entangled lives of Polish and German families involved in Poland's history over the past four centuries. It is here that Józef Wybicki, as a boy, frequently accompanied his father on household duties. For the local community, the tree is not just a natural monument but a representation of Cassubian land and token of Polish identity.
Tree of the year 2014
16768 votes
3rd place
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National contest organizer: Klub Gaja