Lime tree of Liberty
Species: large-leaved lime (Tilia Platyphyllos)
Age: 100 years
Region: Velké Opatovice, South Moravian Region, the Czech Republic
Lime at the Crossroads of History
When Czechoslovakia was founded in 1918, people in Velké Opatovice planted 16 Lime trees of Liberty: symbols of independence, democracy and the end of WWI. One of them was the Lime tree in Zádvoří. It was planted by a local patriot and pacifist Jan Pospíšil after he had come back home from the First World War. Only his tree has survived until today in the middle of the crossroad of five streets. Both the German and Red Army marched around the lime at the end of WWII, and the lime became a symbol of Czech freedom and resilience.
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5th place 
Nominated by: Dalibor Badal, the municipality of Velké Opatovice, local initiatives
National contest organizer: Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation

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