The Guardian of Great Moravia's secrets
Species: Large-leaved lime (Tilia platophyllos)
Age: 235 years old
Region: Kopčany, Skalica district, Slovak republic
The Lime guarding secrets
On the edge of the village of Kopčany, in a quiet meadow, there is an old lime and an old church. They protect each other and have resisted the weather for more than two hundred years. The church is from the 9th - 10th century, and is one of the oldest buildings of the Great Moravian period of Slovakia. They create a typical sacred couple for our country - the lime with its roots protects the forgotten stories of the ancestors from the Great Moravian Empire and completes the unspoken atmosphere of this archaeologically and culturally significant place.
Photo: Martin Babarík{{photographer}}
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8th place 
Nominated by: Kozel, civic association
National contest organizer: Slovak Environmental Partnership Foundation

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2019

 
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Hungary
 
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Russian Federation
 
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Secular Holm Oak from Monte Barbeiro
 
Portugal
 
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France
 
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Lime tree of Liberty
 
Czech Republic
 
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Kneeling tree
 
Poland
 
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The Pet-oak
 
The Netherlands
 
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The Guardian of Great Moravia's secrets
 
Slovakia
 
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8th place 
Nellie's Tree
 
United Kingdom
 
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The Our Lady Tree of Lummen
 
Belgium
 
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Republic of Croatia
 
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Spain
 
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Romania
 
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Bulgaria
 
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14th place 
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Lithuania
 
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15th place