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
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Oak Dunin
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Kippford Leaning Tree
United Kingdom (Scotland)
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The Singing Lime
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The Multisecular Sweet Chestnut of Audran Square
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Age Grand Oak
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The weeping sophoras of the Csokonai Theatre in Debrecen
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The giant sequoia from Slatina
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The Giant Sequoia of the Collège Notre Dame de Bonlieu
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The King's Pine
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Grandpa Kolyo's tree
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I am Tilia
The Netherlands
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The Turgenev oak
Russian Federation
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