98-12 – There are few oak trees in existence that are more than 1000 years old. The Gros Chene de Liernu of Belgium (“Giant Oak of Liernu”), a European Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robur), is one of them. Estimated at 1200 years of age, it was home to a hermit called Saint Tony who was evicted from the giant hollow trunk in the early 1800s when the village decided to make the tree their emblem. It remains the oldest tree of any kind in Belgium. Guy Sternberg entered the hollow former home of Saint Tony via the shrinking doorway opening and found the acorn from which this tree was grown.
Location: 39.821204 N, 89.660899 W
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