The Four-Trunked Survivor

Species: Chestnut (Castanea sativa L.)
Age: 160 years years
Region: Ypres, Belgium

A living monument of two world wars

During the First World War the city of Ypres was totally destroyed, but the root stump of this tree remained alive there. From the base of the trunk 4 new side trunks grew up spontaneously. They also survived the Second World War, when Ypres was cold and almost all trees were cut down to firewood. The Four-trunked Chestnut became a unique survivor from pre-war Ypres. This living monument, with a trunk base of no less than 9.10 meters in circumference, now symbolizes the force of survival, located next to the world famous Menin Gate.
Tree of the year 2021
30886 votes
12th place
Nominated by: City of Ypres