The ancient Mother Tree
Species: Linden tree (Tilia platyphyllos Scop.)
Age: 345 years
Region: Etten-Leur, province Noord-Brabant, the Netherlands
The Mother Tree, a pearl in the heart of a vivid town.
As a symbol for gathering and meeting The Mother Tree on the market square of Etten-Leur has been part of society for 345 years. Wear,tear and lots of attention through the ages gave it its striking appearance. Rooted in the heart of people, this linden tree is a silent witness to 1001 stories, emotions and events. Arguments were settled and young love blossomed under its long branches. It even inspired the later world famous painter Vincent van Gogh. Everyone, of any age, loves this green pearl!
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European Tree of the Year 2021
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6th place 
Nominated by: Kees van Aert and local community
National contest organizer: SBNL Natuurfonds
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2021

The Millennial Carrasca of Lecina
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1st place 
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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5th place 
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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