European Tree of The Year 2020
Polling's over and the winner by a considerable margin was the Czech Republic's Guardian of the Flooded Village with 47,226 votes. The UK entry was 7th.
Second place on the rostrum was Croatia's Ginkgo from Daruvar with 28,060 votes and third was the Russian Federation's Lonely poplar with 27,411 votes.
Memento of the lost village
This pine from Chudobín grows on the rocky headland of the dam called Vír. The name of the pine is in connection with the flooded village of Chudobín, which ceased to exist due to the construction of a dam. According to a legend narrated by locals, a devil sat under the pine in the night and played the violin. However it is much more likely that they were hearing the strong winds blowing over the valley. This pine tree is not only an important landmark but also an impressive testimony to its high resistance to climate change and human impact.
Non podium positions were extremely close, with fourth, Netherlands' The Witch Tree polling 18,452 votes, Romania's Guardian of Cibin attaining 18,279 votes and Portugal's Chestnut Tree from Vales earning 17,048 votes.
Liverpool's Allerton Oak came seventh with 16,449 votes.
European Tree of The Year facts
- Running annually since 2011, the European Tree of The Year contest unites 16 participating countries and celebrates the stories and community connections of landmark trees, rather than the physicality or outright age of entries.
- Best result for a UK tree was second place in 2017 from the Brimmon Oak in Wales. Its vote tally – 16,203 – was a mere 1,394 votes behind the Polish winner.
- Last year's UK entry, Yorkshire's Nellie's tree, managed ninth with 14,408 votes.
Credit: Jill Jennings / WTML
The Tree Charter
The UK Tree of the Year competition is run in support of the Charter for Trees, Woods and People – an initiative that sets out 10 tree principles to embed in our society for a future where people and trees are stronger together. Find out more and voice your support at treecharter.uk.