The Chestnut Tree from Vales

Species: Chestnut tree (Castanea sativa)
Age: 1000 years
Region: Tresminas, Vila Pouca de Aguiar, Vila Real, Portugal

The chestnut tree from Vales

Between agricultural landscapes and enchanting forests we reach the village of Vales where we find a magnificent chestnut tree. With a 4.5 m wide trunk it is one of the largest trees in our country. Its trunk cavity holds many stories of a time when the tree was the place of children's games and became a memory for generations of adults. It is assumed that this chestnut tree is over a thousand years old and was cultivated by the Romans when they were exploring gold mines.
Tree of the year 2020
17048 votes
6th place
Nominated by: Raquel Lopes
National contest organizer: UNAC - Union of the Mediterranian Forest