June 8, 2018
An amazing tree is awarded « European tree of the year » and it is located in Portugal.
It takes its name from the birds that perch on its branch. Planted in 1783 in Aguas de Moura, in Portugal, this cork oak is called « The Whistler ». It is the winner of the European tree of the year contest, awarded in Bruxelles. The contest was established in 2011 and the voting, which takes place online, is organized by Environmental Partnership Association (EPA).
The Whistler, which is 234 years old, has been classified as a “Tree of Public Interest” since 1988 and is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as “the largest cork oak in the world”. The cork oak became “the national tree of Portugal” in 2011, because of its economic, social and environmental importance.
Source : OUEST-FRANCE