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London plane in the garden of the Bishop's palace in Ely

There is one London plane (Platanus × hispanica) in the garden of the Bishop's palace in Ely (county of Cambridgeshire).

This is the National Champion London plane tree for girth. The tree at Mottisfont Abbey is bigger, but that is a fusion of two trees as can be seen at old photos, when two trees grew near each other. The tree was probably planted in 1680 by Bishop Gunning and was also one of the first planted London plane trees in the United Kingdom.

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@1.2 mGirth@1.3 mMeasurementGirth growth rate
19979.20 m?TheTreeRegisterOwenJohnson-
200910.00 m10.00 mJeroen Philippona7 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
1993~36.60 m Alan MitchellClinometer or tangent style (laser) hypsometer (e.g. Forestor Vertex)
2009-07-30~30.00 mJeroen PhilipponaClinometer or tangent style (laser) hypsometer (e.g. Forestor Vertex)

Each measurement can be done with varying accuracy.This tree was planted in 1680, which makes it exactly 334 years old (Jeroen Philippona, Jun 7, 2012).

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London plane (Platanus × hispanica) "3504"

Bishop's palace, picture by Jeroen Philippona

Bishop's palace, picture by Robin Hull

Bishop's palace, picture by Jeroen Philippona

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