The bicycle lane is being widened in the village, and that is why the tree had to be chopped down. Tihany is considered to be one of the jewels of the Lake Balaton region.
According to index.hu, other trees were cut down, but this 250-year-old aspen was unquestionably the oldest among them. Interestingly the tree has been nominated the Tree of the Year in 2020.
It was the symbol of the neighbourhood, and many thought about it as the “Gate of Tihany”. Even cyclists liked it since they could rest in the hot summer days under its canopy. The National Infrastructure Development Corporation said that it was inevitable to cut it down because otherwise, they could connect the villages of the peninsula.
To renew and make the Balaton bike circle safer, the bike lane will be widened from 2 metres to 3.3 metres. The company added that they planted 18 trees to replace the ones they chopped.