The Witch Tree
Species: Beech (Fagus Sylvatica)
Age: 130 years old
Region: Bladel, North Brabant, The Netherlands
The Witch Tree: a living legend
The appearance of this tree, with its tortuous branches and roots that seem unable to grow into the ground, provides the perfect setting as the last resting place of Black Kate, a sinister woman that once led an infamous gang of robbers and smugglers. Many thought she had witch craft. This remarkable tree with its exciting story has attracted many children and grown-ups alike from near and far to the forest, thus keeping the legend alive. This nominee is a text book example of an impressive tree with a legendary story.
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4th place 
Nominated by: Mrs. Maike v/d Wouw, Mr. Rob Visser
National contest organizer: SBNL Natuurfonds

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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2nd place 
Lonely Poplar
 
Russian Federation
 
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3rd place 
The Witch Tree
 
The Netherlands
 
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4th place 
Multisecular Fir Tree - Guardian of Cibin
 
Romania
 
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5th place 
The Chestnut Tree from Vales
 
Portugal
 
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6th place 
The Allerton Oak
 
United Kingdom
 
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7th place 
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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12th place 
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