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Plant Focus

A guest post by Matt Candeias, host of the In Defense of Plants podcast and blog

Tree of the year 2013 in France

The French magazine Terre sauvage and the Office national des forêts (the French forestry commission) have organized, for the second year, a contest to designate the tree of the year, l'arbre de l'année.   Actually, two trees are chosen: one by a jury and one by the public.  And both winners in 2013 chosen among 200 candidates and 23 nominees (some quite spectacular) are oaks.


The first is the Oak of Saint-Civran, in the Region Centre, is a tree 7 m in diameter, thought to be nearly 1000 years old. It can be seen here on Flickr.

Le chêne de Saint-Civran (Centre). | Louis-Marie Préau/Terre Sauvage 2013


The second tree, chosen by the public, is a bonsai oak that grows on a dovecote in Britanny.  This tree is over 100 years old.

Le chêne bonzaï de Bégard (Bretagne). | Louis-Marie Préau/Terre Sauvage 2013


See also the website of the French newspaper Le Monde from where these pictures were taken.