The venerable Turkey oak near Rani lug village
Species: Turkey oak (Quercus cerris)
Age: More than 300 years
Region: Village of Rani lug, Tran Municipality, Bulgaria
The oak of the village by the marshlands
The impressive venerable Turkey oak grows near St. Nicholas Church. The locals take great pride in this beautiful tree, which creates a unique environment by the 15th century church. The church was home to the first local school, established in 1859. The village is in the Tran region, which is renowned for having preserved the most ancient names of its settlements. “Rani lug” tells more about local geography and nature. “Rani” means “early”, while “lug” means “meadow” and “marshland”.
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European Tree of the Year 2019
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14th place 
Nominated by: Penko Yankov
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2019

The Almond Tree of the Snowy Hill in Pécs
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The Abramtsevo Oak
Russian Federation
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Secular Holm Oak from Monte Barbeiro
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The bird-tree
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Lime tree of Liberty
Czech Republic
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Kneeling tree
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The Pet-oak
The Netherlands
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The Guardian of Great Moravia's secrets
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Nellie's Tree
United Kingdom
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The Our Lady Tree of Lummen
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10th place 
Gubec linden
Republic of Croatia
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11th place 
Elm of Navajas
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12th place 
The towering plane from Câmpeni
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13th place 
The venerable Turkey oak near Rani lug village
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14th place 
Raudonė Castle Lime
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15th place 
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