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New Champions at Westonbirt
170 new and updated National Champions at the Westonbirt Arboretum are now showing in the Members' Section of this website. They included the Mexican Vejar Fir (Abies vejari) - a species only introduced to Britain in 1962 and planted in Silk Wood in 1965 but now 31m tall. This is the newest member of the '100 club' in Britain - trees which have surpassed 100 feet in height - and looks as if it will grow much taller.
If you visit Westonbirt, don't forget that the grounds of Westonbirt School, which was the Holfords' home, also open regularly and have champion trees of their own - including the Weeping Golden Holly (Ilex aquifolium 'Aurea Pendula'), a rare but beautiful form which may have originated here.
New Champions at Tregrehan
A recent visit to Tom Hudson's garden, Tregrehan, near St Austell in Cornwall, confirmed that this is now the finest private garden in Britain or Ireland for its range of recently-introduced tree species, may of which have grown so well that they are already big enough to count as champions. The garden also includes superb conifers planted by Tom's Victorian ancestors, including height champions for Totara (Podocarpus totara) and Tiger-tail Spruce (Picea torano.) Full details of the estates count of 175 national champion trees can now be studied in the Members' Section.
The picture shows Pinus bhutanica, from the introduction by Sinclair and Long in 1984 and already 20.5m tall!
Much of the garden at Tregrehan is open to the public through the spring months.
New champions springing up in 2014!
The mild spring has brought tree-hunters out of hibernation early and 107 Champion Trees for Britain and Ireland have already been updated or discovered for 2014. You can now explore all their details in the Members' Section of this website. The picture shows Sophora cassioides flowering in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden (on the right, with S. tetraptera from New Zealand on the left). The S. cassioides was collected in Chile, and this is the first time that it is known to have reached tree-size in Britain.
Highland Glen home of giants
Reelig Glen a Forestry Commission site near Inverness, is home to the new tallest tree in Britain and the tallest conifer in Europe. A Douglas Fir, growing near to a previous tallest tree called Dughall Mor, was measured by the Tree Register using laser rangefinders. A height of 66.4m was recorded making it the first conifer to be recorded pover 66m in Britain and Europe.
As reported in The Scotsman and other Scottish newspapers. More details in Newsletter No.22 available online in the Members Area.
This news updates the previous headline "New Tallest Tree" report from 14th September 2013