Kneeling tree
Species: Ash-leaved maple (Acer negundo L.)
Age: 65 years
Region: Krasnystaw, Lubelskie province, Poland
Kneeling tree - a symbol of determination
Several years ago, a 'kneeling' tree was identified for felling, as "unsightly and deformed". This met with vocal opposition, as a result of which the tree was saved. Today, it is a popular object for photographers, a playground for children, as well as a common theme of artworks. The form of a tree falling to the ground, as if broken, then rising with its crown towards the sun symbolizes determination in pursuing a goal, as well as a hope that does not allow itself to give up.
Photo: Tomasz Chuszcza{{photographer}}
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6th place 
Nominated by: Krasnostawski Ruch Ekologiczny „VIRIDIS"
National contest organizer: Klub Gaja

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2019

 
The Almond Tree of the Snowy Hill in Pécs
 
Hungary
 
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The Abramtsevo Oak
 
Russian Federation
 
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2nd place 
Secular Holm Oak from Monte Barbeiro
 
Portugal
 
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3rd place 
The bird-tree
 
France
 
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4th place 
Lime tree of Liberty
 
Czech Republic
 
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5th place 
Kneeling tree
 
Poland
 
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6th place 
The Pet-oak
 
The Netherlands
 
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7th place 
The Guardian of Great Moravia's secrets
 
Slovakia
 
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8th place 
Nellie's Tree
 
United Kingdom
 
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9th place 
The Our Lady Tree of Lummen
 
Belgium
 
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10th place 
Gubec linden
 
Republic of Croatia
 
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11th place 
Elm of Navajas
 
Spain
 
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12th place 
The towering plane from Câmpeni
 
Romania
 
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13th place 
The venerable Turkey oak near Rani lug village
 
Bulgaria
 
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14th place 
Raudonė Castle Lime
 
Lithuania
 
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15th place