A 1,200-year-old Navarran tree, the Encino de las Tres Patas, was ranked ninth in the 2020 European Tree of the Year Competition, in which the Czech Guardian of the Flooded Village, from the Czech Republic, won the first award, with 47,226 votes.
The second place was for a tree in Croatia, with 28,060 votes, and the third for the solitary poplar in Russia with 27,411 votes, while the Spanish representative obtained 14,456 votes, ranking ninth out of a total of sixteen European countries that have participated in this contest.
The winner of the European contest is chosen through a popular online vote and in November 2019, the Encino de las Tres Patas was chosen by popular vote as the Spanish representative in the European contest, surpassing another 10 copies that entered the stage national, explained from Bosques sin Fronteras, an organizing entity in Spain.
The contest that this year has completed its tenth edition "highlight the importance of trees in the natural and cultural heritage of Europe."
The Encino de las Tres Patas is located in the area of La Laguna, between the hermitage of Santa Coloma and the town of Mendaza (Navarra), it is a 1,200-year-old Quercus Ilex specimen, one of the oldest in Spanish territory and one of the main attractions of the area. He had been chosen Spanish Tree of 2020.
With a height of 15.7 meters, about 20 wingspan in the crown and a trunk of 7.7 meters in hollow diameter and supported on three legs, it is a unique specimen in Europe.
The contest "does not look for the most beautiful but for the one who brings together a history along with a deep rootedness in the area in which it is found," said the association Bosques Sin Fronteras, which organizes the contest of the forest of the year in Spain.
The Minister of Rural Development and Environment, Itziar Gómez, stressed during the campaign to disseminate the application last February that "this monumental tree generates unquestionable landscape value and also high ecological interest thanks to its structure being suitable for the refuge of a varied fauna ”.