Snow flakes like plates. White out conditions. Argyll gets a big fall in early March again. All too familiar you might say, but this time, the electricity didn’t go off, there’s no sudden cracking of broken tree limbs, and the traffic is still running, more or less. But all of this is an excuse to reproduce this photo of our view of the tallest tree in the UK.
The charitable trust has just heard that the Douglas Fir planted in 1849 by Archie Fletcher is now officially the tallest tree in the UK at 63.79 metres! Rechristened recently by the owner of the ground it stands on as the Stronardron Douglas Fir, the title tree has long been thought to be a contender for the title of the tallest tree in the UK, but this is the first time it has been accurately measured.
The Sparsholt Team stand at Dunans Castle looking at the Douglas Fir they are about to climb
The tree, which is best viewed from Dunans Castle across the Chaol Ghleann gorge, was climbed by a team of five arborealists from Sparsholt College on the 19th of February. On subsequent days the team measured trees at Dunkeld, Blair Castle and Inverness (we list the results below).
Chris Hunter near the top of the Douglas Fir, with views down Glendaruel behind him
Evidently it is a great boost for the Dunans Charitable Trust, for the community of Colintraive and Glendaruel and for the Cowal Peninsula to have the tallest tree in the UK.
The announcement has been greeted by a large number of blogs and articles in the regional and national press.