Millennial Lime Tree of Heede
Species: Large-leaved Lime (Tilia platyphyllos)
Age: 600 years
Region: Heede, Lower Saxony, Germany
This remarkable Lime Tree has a circumference of about 18 meters and played an important role in the lives of the villagers of Heede for centuries. Under this tree the champion marksman of the municipality is proclaimed every year. In the past, young couples exchanged vows under the linden tree. In recent decades tree renovations were carried out regularly in order to preserve this landmark and thus also to keep the associated traditions of the villagers for next generations.
Photo: Mirko Liesebach{{photographer}}
European Tree of the Year 2016
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11th place 
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2016

The oldest tree of Bátaszék
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1st place 
The Thousand Year Old Lime
Czech republic
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2nd place 
Pear from Bošáca - Zabudišová
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3rd place 
The Oak of Bolko
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4th place 
Canicosa´s Pine-Oak
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5th place 
The oak from Danube park in Silistra
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6th place 
Tamme-Lauri oak
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7th place 
The Cubbington Pear Tree
England, UK
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8th place 
The Big oak of Liernu
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9th place 
The Suffragette Oak
Scotland, UK
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10th place 
Millennial Lime Tree of Heede
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11th place 
Weeping blue cedar
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12th place 
The Peace Tree
Northern Ireland, UK
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13th place 
Survival at the cutting edge oak
Wales, UK
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14th place 
The Generation Tree
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15th place