The Allerton Oak
Species: Sessile oak (Quercus petraea)
Age: 500+ years
Region: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Liverpool’s living history
The Allerton Oak grows in Liverpool’s Calderstones Park. According to legend, judges in medieval times would meet under the branches of the tree, as they lacked a courthouse. Legend also states that the crack in the tree appeared in 1864 when a ship carrying gunpowder on the Mersey exploded. It was heard 30 miles away, and smashed thousands of windows. In World War two, Christmas cards containing leaves from the oak were sent to Liverpool parks staff who were fighting abroad – a reminder of home.
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7th place 
Nominated by: Supporters of The Allerton Oak
National contest organizer: Woodland Trust

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2020

 

National contest winners

Guardian of the Flooded Village
 
Czech Republic
 
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Ginkgo from Daruvar
 
Republic of Croatia
 
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Lonely Poplar
 
Russian Federation
 
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The Witch Tree
 
The Netherlands
 
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Multisecular Fir Tree - Guardian of Cibin
 
Romania
 
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The Chestnut Tree from Vales
 
Portugal
 
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6th place 
The Allerton Oak
 
United Kingdom
 
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The Freedom Tree in Kaposvár
 
Hungary
 
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8th place 
The Three-Legged Spanish Oak
 
Spain
 
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9th place 
Precious Sorb Tree
 
Slovakia
 
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10th place 
The Multisecular Beech of Saint-Jammes
 
France
 
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11th place 
Elderberry Tree
 
Poland
 
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Witch’s Yew Tree
 
Ireland
 
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13th place 
The Venerable Oak in Novo Selo Village
 
Bulgaria
 
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14th place 
The Tree of Freedom
 
Belgium
 
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15th place 
Oak Vallonea of Tricase
 
Italy
 
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16th place