The Spanish representative to the European Tree of the Year 2022
250 years is enough to create an unforgettable legacy, full of stories to tell and roots to return to. In the case of the Carballo del Bosque del Banquete de Conxo, an impressive oak located in the south of Santiago de Compostela, they have served to become the most veteran representative of a forest in which tradition and stories vibrate on their own.
This centennial specimen of Quercus robur has so many experiences behind him that this year it has become Spain’s Tree of the Year in 2022, making it the Spanish representative in the contest European Tree of the Year, a contest whose objective is to value and pay tribute to the oldest trees of the old continent, placing special emphasis on their stories and placing them as a central piece of the European natural and cultural heritage.
The contest values both the age of the trees and their symbolism within their community
El Carballo del Bosque del Banquete de Conxo thus collects the witness of the millenary Carrasca of Lecina, located in Huesca, winner of this award in 2021 and which would also end up with the highest award at the European level.
The home of stories
The oldest oak in the Bosque del Banquete de Conxo witnessed, as early as the 19th century, the defense of the freedoms of Spain in the grayer stages of the 19th century. Banner of the Portuguese Way to Santiago and source of inspiration for Rosalía De Castro In its ecological complaints, the Carballo received the embrace of thousands of residents at the opening ceremony of this forest to the public after remaining for 133 years on inaccessible land.
With 22,974 votes, this 30-meter-high oak has surpassed the Sabina de Blancas, located in the Jiloca region of the province of Teruel, for the highest national award in the current edition, which had garnered another 21,523 votes in a edition that has received more than 60,000 votes.
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