The Guardian Oak of Višňová

Species: pedunculate oak (Quercus robur)
Age: 150 years years
Region: Višňová, Liberec region, Czech Republic

The Municipality of Višňová was badly affected by flooding in 2010, with 42 houses flooded. The water took away cars and trees amongst other things. However, one massive tree was able to withstand the floods and many half timber houses nearby were rescued as well. Unfortunately, not all houses were so lucky. Yet, thanks to this oak, a married couple and a dog were able to reach safety on the roof of a house it was supporting. Although the tree was badly damaged, it remained standing through everything. Local people call this oak 'The Protector'; they hope, that they will not need its help again.
Tree of the year 2014
8211 votes
5th place