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Tallest oak in the country at Stourhead
10:31am Thursday 30th August 2012 in Headlines
THE tallest oak tree in the country has been found in the grounds of the National Trust Stourhead estate in Wiltshire.
At 40.4 metres (132.5 ft) it is officially the tallest English oak in the UK.
The tree was measured by tree climbing expert Waldo Etherington from Canopy Access Ltd who scaled the 40.4 metre tall oak to check its measurement accurately on behalf of the Tree Register of the British Isles.
Situated just outside the landscape garden, the oak is one of a group of very tall old oak trees, which were planted within the estate many years ago.
Brian Muelaner, ancient tree adviser for the National Trust, said: “With the oak leaf as the symbol of the National Trust and a tree which has so many emotional connections to Britain, it is an honour that we now have this example of the tallest oak in the country in our care at Stourhead as well as the tallest native sessile oak at Knole. We can now boast that we have the two tallest native oaks in the UK.”