The Nail tree
Species: horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
Age: fromtheMiddle years
Region: Voeren, Belgium
This horse chestnut was considered to be a magic tree during the Middle Ages. Sick people seeking a cure came to hammer a nail into its bark. They rubbed the nail on the afflicted part of their body and then hammered it into the tree hoping that the healthy wood would absorb their pain.
Tree of the year 2015
National contest organizer: Stichting Behoud Natuur en Leefmilieu Vlaanderen (SBNL)