The Tree of Freedom
Species: Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
Age: 223 years
Region: Waret-la-Chaussée, Wallonia, Belgium
The Tree of Freedom of the Waret citizens, a symbol of the defence of our rural character
A tree is a true symbol of liberty. Liberty is rooted in the heart of the people like a tree thrusts its roots into the heart of the earth. The horse chestnut tree of the Waret citizens symbolises the defence of their rural character. It was planted in 1796 as ordered by the executive Directory of the Canton of Eghezée to celebrate the fall of the "tyrant" Louis XVI. In 1807 a stone niche was erected at its foot endowing it with a sacred character and an aura of tranquility.
Photo: Quentin NOËL{{photographer}}
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15th place 
Nominated by: Association "For the rurality of Warêt"

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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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