You can now vote for the Millennial Carrasca of Lecina to become Tree of the Year in Europe 2021.
This thousand-year-old holm oak has been recognised as Singular Tree of Aragon, Tree of the Year in Spain and it is now also a candidate for European Tree of the Year.
Voting will end on 28 February 2021, and during the last week the number of votes of each tree will be hidden from the public.
In order to encourage voters, a video has been released featuring the Carrasca as a symbol of Aragon.
Why the Carrasca
A symbol of Aragon’s identity, the holm oak is a strong tree (symbol of struggle), it is always green (symbol of life), it flourishes in April (the month of Aragon) and it is strong (it adapts to drought in summer and cold in winter). In this way, the past, present and future of the Community are linked.
This ancient and millenary Carrasca de Lecina is a real natural treasure glowing with life. In the past it was saved from the intensive charcoal burning that is so common in this area thanks to the Carruesco family.
Many of her companions were not as lucky as she was and, as if it were a tribute to her sisters, our beloved holm oak has endured solemnly until today. It reaches a height of 16.5 metres and the diameter of its crown is 28m with a surface area of 615 m2.
Much loved by all the inhabitants of Lecina, they say that in the harsh winters, it alone produced 600 kilos of acorns that fed their sheep for months, and that is why they call it “La Castañera” (the chestnut tree).
Weddings are celebrated under its canopy, pacts have been sealed under its leaves and it even has its own witches’ legend.