Trees of Latvia: The ash-tree of Astici

Latvian Radio offers the latest installment in the "Greatest Trees of Latvia" series showcasing trees inside the country. This time we'll be visiting the great ash-tree in Astici in the Rēzekne region. The mossy tree once served as a boundary marker.

Regīna Indriķe, an expert at the Rāzna National Park, accompanied Latvian Radio to the scene.

The European ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior), the girth of which measures 5.17m, was perhaps used as a boundary marker for the nearby Asticu manor, a practice Indriķe claimed goes back to the ancient times.

"In Ancient Rome oaks were used as boundary trees for fields and land properties, as - dead or living - the strong, good tree stands upright for a long time," said Indriķe.

The tree could be around 200 years old, she said.

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