Guardian of the Flooded Village
Species: Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Age: 350 years
Region: Chudobín, Vysočina region, Czech republic
Memento of the lost village
This pine from Chudobín grows on the rocky headland of the dam called Vír. The name of the pine is in connection with the flooded village of Chudobín, which ceased to exist due to the construction of a dam. According to a legend narrated by locals, a devil sat under the pine in the night and played the violin. However it is much more likely that they were hearing the strong winds blowing over the valley. This pine tree is not only an important landmark but also an impressive testimony to its high resistance to climate change and human impact.
Photo: Marek Olbrzymek{{photographer}}
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1st place 
Nominated by: Milan Peňáz, municipality of Vír, Dalečín and Bystřice nad Pernštejnem with support of local community
National contest organizer: Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation

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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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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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