European Tree of the Year comes from the Czech Republic

21 April 2020

The Guardian of the Flooded Village in Vysocina Region

ANTOR (Association of National Tourist Offices and Representatives)

The European Tree of the Year is an annual contest held to find the most 'loveable tree' in Europe. In 2020, a lonely pine tree near a flooded Czech village won this contest, beating stiff competition from a Croatian gingko tree, a Portuguese chestnut, and an English oak. Known to the locals of Chudobin as the Guardian of the Flooded Village, the tree is estimated to be 350 years old – the villagers attribute its supernatural powers to tales of a devil who played the violin beneath it during the night. Once part of a larger forest, it was left isolated after the area was flooded during the construction of a dam.

Memento of the lost village

This pine from Chudobin (Bystricko region, Vysocina) grows on the rocky headland of the dam called Vir. 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.

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