Tomorrow, the first of February, public voting opens in one of the continent's more unusual and fascinating competitions, the European Tree of the Year, from sis finalists.

You don't need to be an expert, because the trees are chosen, not for their height, age or beauty but for the story they tell and the part they play in the local communities.

“These trees, many of them hundreds of years old, have witnessed important historical as well as every day events. They are tig...

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