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Waldo descends after the triumphant climbThe tallest oak tree in the country has been recorded in the grounds of the National Trust Stourhead estate in Wiltshire.

At 40.4 metres (132.5 ft) it is officially the tallest Pedunculate oak (Quercus robur) throughout Britain and Ireland. 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.

The Stourhead champion oak tree is one of over 2,000 champion trees in the ownership of the National Trust.

The NEW online champion tree database enables members to search for trees by landowner, where they are publicly accessible.

(Image: Waldo descends after the triumphant climb. Photo by Edward)

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THE ALAN MITCHELL LECTURE

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Saturday 9th June 2012

Dr Peter Del Tredici of the Arnold Arboretum USA will speak on “Everything you ever wanted to know about Ginkgo, but were afraid to ask!”

Everything you ever wanted to know about Ginkgo, but were afraid to ask!

We invite you to join us at our biennial lecture in honour of our founder Alan Mitchell. Our distinguished speaker is Peter Del Tredici, Senior Research Scientist at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, USA, a seasoned plant hunter, prolific author and well-known public speaker www.peterdeltredici.com.

Peter has been studying the natural history and evolution of the Ginkgo for the past twenty five years and is a world authority on the species. His most recent travels have taken him to remote areas in southwest China in search of wild-growing Ginkgos. Peter has also studied the cultivation of the Ginkgo for ornamental purposes as well as for the production of leaves to produce the extract widely used to improve brain functions.

Prior to the lecture you will have the opportunity to see some of Kew's Champion Trees, to enjoy a glass of wine with other big tree enthusiasts, and to place a bid in our ever-popular silent auction of rare and unusual (and young!) trees and shrubs – a great occasion to acquire something special for your garden.

  • 15.00 Guided tours of the Champion Trees of Kew
  • 16.30 Opening of the Silent Auction
  • 17.00 Reception in the School of Horticulture
  • 18.00 The Alan Mitchell Lecture in the Jodrell Theatre
  • 19.00 Results of the Silent Auction
    (full details and directions will be sent with tickets)

Tickets, at £18 (including entry to the Gardens), must be obtained in advance by post from the Secretary, 77a Hall End, Wootton, Bedford MK43 9HL
Please make cheques payable to The Tree Register.

Email info@treeregister.org to reserve your tickets now! Members of The Tree Register will enjoy priority booking. Sorry, no refunds.

We are grateful to the Royal Botanic Gardens for permitting us to hold this event at Kew

Ancient Tree Hunt News No.4 February 2012 (Adobe PDF PDF Document)

  • Tree of the month – The Lindores Yew
  • Volunteer wins prize
  • Rare lichen found on ancient tree
  • Recording using aerial photos

Ancient Tree Hunt News No.3 January 2012 (Adobe PDF PDF Document)

  • Tree of the month – the Holt Preen Oak
  • Verifying technology
  • National Trust champion
  • Extreme tree recording
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