Our New Signage for Dunans Castle

Thanks to funding from the Cruach Mhor Windfarm Trust we have now installed (albeit using a temporary frame) the new Dunans Castle signage. We’re thrilled with it, and hope it will ensure that no-one ends up driving past our entrance three or four times before finding us — and doesn’t the SGS sign look good in contrast?

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Dunans Castle Views the tallest tree in the UK – it’s official

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 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

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.

RESULTS:

Stronardron Douglas Fir, Argyll (previously the Dunans Douglas Fir)

  • No accurate ground based measurements possible due to time constraints & tree location
  • Climbed measurement from tip to highest point at base was 63.79m

Hermitage Douglas Fir, Dunkeld

  • 2 x ground based measurements at 60.95m & 60.68m
  • Climbed measurement from tip to highest point at base was 61.31m

Diana’s Grove Grand Fir, Blair Castle

  • 3 x ground based measurements at 62.32m, 62.60m & 62.47 ‚Äì other measurements were taken but were discounted due to being unable to clearly sight the stem base
  • Climbed measurement from tip to highest point at base was 62.70m

Dughall Mor Douglas Fir, Inverness

  • 10 x ground based measurements from a range of positions:
  • Position 1 ‚Äì 61.68 & 61.46
  • Position 2 ‚Äì 63.15 & 62.64
  • Position 3 ‚Äì 60.13 & 58.62 ‚Äì Measurements discounted due to site ‚Äì unable to confidently see the tree tip
  • Position 4 ‚Äì 61.53 & 62.21
  • Position 5 ‚Äì 62.07 & 61.91
  • Average height taken from positions 1,2,4 & 5 ‚Äì 62.02m

Photography courtesy of LWimages.co.uk

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You Can Now Make Donations to the Dunans Charitable Trust

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If you would like to support the trust in its work to renovate and repair the A-listed Dunans Bridge, maintain and preserve the grounds and help with the ongoing restoration of Dunans Castle, then you’ll be delighted to hear that we have implemented a way for you to donate online.

We have created two ways of giving on the Dunans.org website, both using the secure and well-known e-commerce solution paypal.com. You can make one-time donations, or you can make a monthly donation of ¬£5. We have kept this latter figure quite low, but would love to hear from anyone who would like to contribute more as we’ll make a new button especially for them.

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Walks at Dunans with Cowalfest

This Cowalfest (October 3rd – October 12th) the following walks are happening at Dunans:

Walk 53 – Wild Fungi, Plant Lore and Poetry with Backwoods Lunch
09 Oct 2008¬† — ¬£12.00

Real Food Consultancy & The Walking Theatre Company
Distance/time – 1 mile/1.5 hours followed by lunch
Start Р11.00  Dunans Castle, Glendaruel
Finish – As above
Numbers Limit Р30  Cost per ticket Р£12
Dogs on lead
Booking Рessential  Info 01369 830115
About the walk – A wild food walk with poetry followed by a cookery demonstration and backwoods lunch.

Walk 68 – Macbeth
11 Oct 2008 — ¬£10.00

The Walking Theatre Company
Distance/time – 1.5 miles/1.5 hours
Start – 19. 30 at Dunans Castle, Glendaruel
Finish – As above
Numbers Limit – 40
Dogs on lead
Booking Рessential  Cost per ticket £10. 00, children free
About the walk РBased on a Shakespearian great, a tale of murder, intrigue and dark magic served with a twist set in the romantic and mysterious surroundings of Dunans, the onetime home and grounds of the Jacobite Fletcher family.  Further info 01369 820115

If you fancy a real treat come to the evening performance of Macbeth with the Walking Theatre Company’s acclaimed (and very spooky) witches!

Walk 74 – Wild Food and Poetry with Backwoods Tea
12 Oct 2008 — ¬£12.00

Real Food Consultancy and The Walking Theatre Company
Distance/time – 1 mile/1.5 hours followed by tea
Start Р14.00  Dunans Castle, Glendaruel
Finish – As above
Numbers Limit – 30
Dogs on lead
Cost £12 per ticket
Booking Рessential    Further info 01369 820115
About the walk – A wild food walk followed by a cookery demonstration and backwoods tea in the beautiful and historic grounds of the onetime home of the Fletcher family.

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