The Four-Trunked Survivor
Species: Chestnut (Castanea sativa L.)
Age: 160 years
Region: Ypres, Belgium
A living monument of two world wars
During the First World War the city of Ypres was totally destroyed, but the root stump of this tree remained alive there. From the base of the trunk 4 new side trunks grew up spontaneously. They also survived the Second World War, when Ypres was cold and almost all trees were cut down to firewood. The Four-trunked Chestnut became a unique survivor from pre-war Ypres. This living monument, with a trunk base of no less than 9.10 meters in circumference, now symbolizes the force of survival, located next to the world famous Menin Gate.
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European Tree of the Year 2021
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12th place 
Nominated by: City of Ypres
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2021

The Millennial Carrasca of Lecina
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The thousand-year-old plane tree of Curinga
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2nd place 
Ancient Sycamore Tree
Russian Federation
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3rd place 
Plane Tree of Rossio
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4th place 
Saint Jan Nepomucen’s Linden
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The ancient Mother Tree
The Netherlands
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6th place 
Apple tree near Lidmans
Czech Republic
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7th place 
The Judas Tree on the Church Hill of Mélykút
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8th place 
The Pouplie
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9th place 
The Eldest Resident of Medulin - Chocolate Tree of our Memories
Republic of Croatia
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10th place 
The Survivor Tree
United Kingdom
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11th place 
The Four-Trunked Survivor
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12th place 
Ancient Oak from Drnava
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13th place 
The Old Mulberry
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14th place 
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