The Village Lime Tree of Massemen
Species: Large-Leaved Linden (Tilia platyphyllos)
Age: Between380and440years years
Region: Massemen (Community of Wetteren), East-Flanders, Belgium
The Village's Best Friend for over 400 years
This lime tree is beloved in Massemen, as should be the case with any veteran tree. Its knobbly trunk, its hollow inside and its leaves speak for themselves. It groaned in fright when the village church burned down in 1645, feasted with the lords of Massemen when the village became a princedom and saw how the French invaders were beaten in 1798. The lime tree spreads a delicious perfume and is featured on many a painting. And people still fall in love under its canopy.
Tree of the year 2017
National contest organizer: Stichting Behoud Natuur en Leefmilieu Vlaanderen (SBNL)