10 of Europe's most remarkable trees

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Scotland tree
credit: Niall Benvie

8. The "Ding Dong" Tree, Scotland, UK

A youth among the elders, so to speak, this 30-year-old copper beech (Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea) is a beloved member of the Prestonpans Primary school in Scotland, UK. The tree gets its name from students who play a game of tag with the tree at its center, singing "ding dong" all the while. The tree serves as an outdoor classroom and plays host to science and art projects. The headteacher says this copper beech is so woven into the life and identity of the school, "it’s almost like having an extra member of staff."

INDEX: Oak Józef | Brimmon Oak | Lime Tree at Lipka | Céron Park Rain Tree | Sycamore Gap Tree | Holm Oak | Nasalevtsi Church Sessile Oak | "Ding Dong" Tree | Plane Tree from Slovakia | Spanish Aprisquillo Pine

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