Under the Lime Tree

by Christina Pichler-Koban

The lime tree in Ottmanach at the foot of the Magdalensberg is said to be more than thousand years old. In 1955, the hollow tree was declared a natural monument. E.C.O. was asked to design an information board telling the history of the tree. A group of people from E.C.O. together with their families went to the lime tree in October to find out in a practical test how many children are needed to link hands and encircle the tree. The result: more than seven children!!

The children had fun exploring the lime tree, inspecting it and climbing it, while the grown-ups enjoyed Carinthian cake and hot drinks and shared anecdotes about the inn in the vicinity of the thousand-year old lime tree that was very popular among dancers in the 1970s. In the end, young and old agreed that the thousand-year old lime tree must have been the model for Pippi Longstocking’s lemonade tree.

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