Zengővárkony's survivor, the sweet chestnut
Species: Sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa)
Age: 300 years
Region: Zengővárkony, Southern Transdanubia, Hungary
The 300-year-old survivor
Zengővárkony is famous far and wide for its ancient sweet chestnut-wood, which embraces the small village of 400 souls. Chestnut was the source of growth for the locals; therefore they lovingly cared for the trees. As centuries have passed, the tree has healed from crustal cancer, survived nationalization after the war and even once being set on fire in a cold winter. For the locals the 300-year-old chestnut tree is the symbol of continuity and its desire to live gives strength to them.
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European Tree of the Year 2018
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4th place 
Nominated by: Pécsváradért Foundation
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2018

Whistler cork oak tree
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Ancient elms of Cabeza Buey
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2nd place 
The oak called "the Elder of the Belgorod Forests"
Russian Federation
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3rd place 
Zengővárkony's survivor, the sweet chestnut
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4th place 
The Gilwell Oak
United Kingdom
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5th place 
Apple tree from Bošáca
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The massive plane tree - the symbol of Trsteno
Republic of Croatia
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7th place 
Sequoias from Yuchbunar
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8th place 
Walnut Tree in Kvasice
Czech Republic
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9th place 
Witches Spruce
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10th place 
Poplar Helena
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11th place 
The Lime of the Old Country
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12th place 
Oak from Cajvana
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13th place 
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