The Zamana Named the 2016 Tree of the Year


Martinique’s stunning Zamana tree has won the People’s Choice Award in France’s 2016 Arbre de l’année (Tree of the Year) competition organized by Terre sauvage magazine and the Office national des forêts (ONF). Measuring more than eight feet around, the beautiful three-century-old tree sits on Habitation Céron.

It was selected for its naturalistic aesthetic and historical features – see (in French). The public voted in numbers, more than 20,000 votes. Ultimately, it is the Zamana in Martinique, with 10,591 votes, which won the People’s Choice Award.

The Zamana tree can be found on Habitation Céron in Le Prêcheur. “It’s amazing,” said Laurence  Marraud Desgrottes, owner of the sugarcane estate. “It is over 300 years old and has a trunk  that is more than eight feet around. It was reported as being the biggest Zamana in the Lesser  Antilles.”

Habitation Céron is now an eco-friendly tourist site. This natural site offers discovery trail  itineraries though majestic gardens and rivers. Its sugar and cassava refinery ruins are still  standing, a testament to the island’s remarkable history. Nestled between Martinique’s majestic  mountains, fine volcanic black sand beaches, and rivers, the estate borders the Integral  Biological Reserve.

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