The Allerton Oak
Species: Sessile oak (Quercus petraea)
Age: 500+ years
Region: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Liverpool’s living history
The Allerton Oak grows in Liverpool’s Calderstones Park. According to legend, judges in medieval times would meet under the branches of the tree, as they lacked a courthouse. Legend also states that the crack in the tree appeared in 1864 when a ship carrying gunpowder on the Mersey exploded. It was heard 30 miles away, and smashed thousands of windows. In World War two, Christmas cards containing leaves from the oak were sent to Liverpool parks staff who were fighting abroad – a reminder of home.
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European Tree of the Year 2020
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7th place 
Nominated by: Supporters of The Allerton Oak
National contest organizer: Woodland Trust
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2020

Guardian of the Flooded Village
Czech Republic
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1st place 
Ginkgo from Daruvar
Republic of Croatia
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2nd place 
Lonely Poplar
Russian Federation
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3rd place 
The Witch Tree
The Netherlands
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4th place 
Multisecular Fir Tree - Guardian of Cibin
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The Chestnut Tree from Vales
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The Allerton Oak
United Kingdom
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7th place 
The Freedom Tree in Kaposvár
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8th place 
The Three-Legged Spanish Oak
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9th place 
Precious Sorb Tree
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10th place 
The Multisecular Beech of Saint-Jammes
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11th place 
Elderberry Tree
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12th place 
Witch’s Yew Tree
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13th place 
The Venerable Oak in Novo Selo Village
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14th place 
The Tree of Freedom
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15th place 
Oak Vallonea of Tricase
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16th place 
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