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Horse-chestnut behind the Bourne Rivulet river in Hurstbourne Priors

There is one horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) behind the Bourne Rivulet river in Hurstbourne Priors (community of Hampshire).

Till November 2014, when a just bigger Horse Chestnut was measured, this was the National Champion Horse Chestnut for girth. It is also one of the tallest horsechestnuts of the UK. According to Alan Mitchell, the famous, late dendrologist, it is the finest all round in the country. With kind permission from David Alderman and Owen Johnson, Director and Registrar of the Tree Register of the British Isles.

Girth growth rate

The girth was measured more than once:
YearGirth@1.5 mMeasurementGirth growth rate
19556.10 mAlan Mitchell-
19956.70 mAlan Mitchell2 cm/year
20057.03 mTheTreeRegisterOwenJohnson3 cm/year

The growth rate shown in the table shows the yearly average increase in girth since the last measurement. This value only gives an indication of the growth rate, since every measurement could be done at slightly different heights and during different periods of the year.

Height

The height was measured more than once:
YearHeightMeasurementMeasurement method
2005~35.00 m TheTreeRegisterOwenJohnsonClinometer or tangent style (laser) hypsometer (e.g. Forestor Vertex)
2013-07-1633.80 mJeroen PhilipponaLaser with Sine method (e.g. Nikon Forestry 550 laser rangefinder)

Each measurement can be done with varying accuracy.This tree was planted around the year 1700 ± 50, which makes it around 314 ± 50 years old (Jeroen Philippona, Aug 3, 2013).

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Bourne Rivulet river, picture by Jeroen Philippona

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Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) "3484"

Bourne Rivulet river, picture by Henk van Boeschoten, 2011-01-18

Bourne Rivulet river, picture by Henk van Boeschoten

Bourne Rivulet river, picture by Henk van Boeschoten

Bourne Rivulet river, picture by Henk van Boeschoten

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