The Singing Lime
Species: Large-leaved lime (Tilia platyphyllos L.)
Age: 700 years
Region: Telecí, Pardubice region, Czech Republic
A source of inspiration and energy
The Singing (or the Lukas) Lime is one of the oldest and biggest trees in the Czech Republic. Legend has it that at the end of 17th century an old, hard of hearing man was hiding inside the hollow trunk, singing loudly while transcribing forbidden psalms. Passersby thought the tree itself was singing. People draw its energy or look for the inspiration which the tree has become to many artists. They repay it through their care, for instance, when it was damaged by wood-decay fungus or struck by lightning. Today its descendants grow not only in the Czech Republic but also abroad.
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European Tree of the Year 2022
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7th place 
Nominated by: Olga Kosíková, Primary School and Kindergarten Telecí, Scout Centre Tilia Polička, Ekocentrum Jablíčko, CSOP Polička, Municipal Library Polička, Municipality Telecí, Czech & Slovak Community and School Bristol
National contest organizer: Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2022

Oak Dunin
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1st place 
Oak of Conxo's Banquet Forest
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2nd place 
The Big Cork Oak
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3rd place 
Chestnut of the hundred horses
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4th place 
Umbrella from High Tatras
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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
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8th place 
Age Grand Oak
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9th place 
The weeping sophoras of the Csokonai Theatre in Debrecen
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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
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12th place 
The King's Pine
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13th place 
Grandpa Kolyo's tree
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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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