The Holm Oak
Species: Holm oak (Quercus ilex)
Age: about 200 years
Region: Rostrevor, County Down, Northern Ireland, UK
OLD HOMER - Bent but not Broken - Northern Ireland
I’m the 200-year-old leaning Holm Oak near the Fairy Glen in Rostrevor - now I need support! I’ve been loved by generations of local people; for decades, artists, writers and musicians have been inspired under my evergreen leaves. Charles Dickens, C. S. Lewis and the young Princess Elizabeth have walked the ground I stand on. Hundreds of children have climbed my strong dragon-skin back or swung from my branches. We’ve all become friends. I hear your voices: you touch my spirit as I reach for the light.
Photo: Michael, Cooper, Alistair Livingstone, Paul Clerkin{{photographer}}
European Tree of the Year 2017
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6th place 
National contest organizer: Woodland Trust Northern Ireland
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2017

Oak Józef
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1st place 
The Brimmon Oak
Wales, UK
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2nd place 
The lime tree at Lipka
Czech republic
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3rd place 
The Céron park saman
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4th place 
The Sycamore Gap Tree
England, UK
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5th place 
The Holm Oak
Northern Ireland, UK
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6th place 
The venerable sessile oak by the Nasalevtsi church
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7th place 
The "Ding Dong" Tree
Scotland, UK
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8th place 
Plane tree from Budatin
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9th place 
Aprisquillo Pine
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10th place 
Russalka oak
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11th place 
The Village Lime Tree of Massemen
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12th place 
Stelmužė oak
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13th place 
The most beautiful plane tree of the Jászai Mari square
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14th place 
Hugh O’Flaherty’s Trees
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15th place 
Climbing Beech in Hoppenrade
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16th place 
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