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Grandpa Kolyo's tree
Species: English oak (Quercus robur L.)
Age: 350 years
Region: Studena village, Svilengrad Municipality, Haskovo Province, Bulgaria
Grandpa Kolyo's tree
The oak is named after the owner of the field where it grows – Nikola Angelov, known as Grandpa Kolyo. After hard work he would rest under its thick shade. Legend has it that the tree was part of a dense forest, located where the village lies today. Because of the forest and the river, its first residents settled there and founded the village. They were Bulgarians, hiding from the Turkish forays. This old oak is a symbol of Studena and a pillar of the Bulgarian spirit and faith of its residents.
Photo: Mihail Mihajlov{{photographer}}
European Tree of the Year 2022
 
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14th place 
Nominated by: Svilengrad Municipality
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2022

 
Oak Dunin
 
Poland
 
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Oak of Conxo's Banquet Forest
 
Spain
 
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2nd place 
The Big Cork Oak
 
Portugal
 
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3rd place 
Chestnut of the hundred horses
 
Italy
 
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4th place 
Umbrella from High Tatras
 
Slovakia
 
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5th place 
Kippford Leaning Tree
 
United Kingdom (Scotland)
 
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6th place 
The Singing Lime
 
Czech Republic
 
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7th place 
The Multisecular Sweet Chestnut of Audran Square
 
France
 
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8th place 
Age Grand Oak
 
Latvia
 
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9th place 
The weeping sophoras of the Csokonai Theatre in Debrecen
 
Hungary
 
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10th place 
The giant sequoia from Slatina
 
Republic of Croatia
 
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11th place 
The Giant Sequoia of the Collège Notre Dame de Bonlieu
 
Belgium
 
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12th place 
The King's Pine
 
Estonia
 
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13th place 
Grandpa Kolyo's tree
 
Bulgaria
 
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14th place 
I am Tilia
 
The Netherlands
 
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15th place 
The Turgenev oak
 
Russian Federation
 
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