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Oak tree on football field voted European Tree of the Year 2015

Photo: Elina Kalm

The tree's story

Is there a place in the world where you can find a stadium which has an oak tree in the middle of it? For the locals in Orissaare, Estonia, its a common thing, but this tree is at heart of the community. Before 1951 there was a small sporting area beside the oak tree, and when it was expanded the tree ended up in the middle of the stadium. Legend says two of Stalin´s tractors tried to pull it out of the ground, but the cables kept breaking. It still has marks from the cables. Students know how to use the tree to complete passes, and it offers shade to the players.

Source: http://www.treeoftheyear.org/Letosni-rocnik/Dub-na-fotbalovem-hristi.aspx