Kaņepju Oak

Species: Common Oak (Quercus robur L.)
Age: 450-800 years
Region: Jērcēni, Valmiera municipality, Latvia

Kaņepju oak

Kaņepju oak — the second largest oak in Latvia and the Baltics — the pride and symbol of the local community, with people choosing to mark special moments under the oak's crown.
The trunk of the oak was once split in half by lightning, leaving a large cavity in the middle of it. Various names and initials have been carved on it, the oldest dating back to 1886. 
In 1933, Atpūta, the most popular magazine in Latvia at the time, announced a competition for the mightiest oak. Kaņepju oak came first.

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