The Witch Tree
Species: Beech (Fagus Sylvatica)
Age: 130 years old
Region: Bladel, North Brabant, The Netherlands
The Witch Tree: a living legend
The appearance of this tree, with its tortuous branches and roots that seem unable to grow into the ground, provides the perfect setting as the last resting place of Black Kate, a sinister woman that once led an infamous gang of robbers and smugglers. Many thought she had witch craft. This remarkable tree with its exciting story has attracted many children and grown-ups alike from near and far to the forest, thus keeping the legend alive. This nominee is a text book example of an impressive tree with a legendary story.
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European Tree of the Year 2020
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4th place 
Nominated by: Mrs. Maike v/d Wouw, Mr. Rob Visser
National contest organizer: SBNL Natuurfonds
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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5th place 
The Chestnut Tree from Vales
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6th place 
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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