In the woods of Dunster Estate, more than 2 km southwest of Dunster, the "Tall Trees Trail" can be found. In a sheltered valley, here are several dozen tall Douglas Fir trees, planted in 1876. One of these trees is known as the tallest tree in England: On a board is stated that it is 60.05 m tall, measured by climbing with measuring tape in early 2009. See:http://www.dunsterestate.co.uk/pdf/news09.pdf .
The tree probably still grows substantially, a number of measurements with a Nikon Forestry 550 Laser ranger gave an average of 60.65 m! A growth of 30 cm per year is certainly possible for this species. Also because of the large diametre it is an impressive specimen! Nearby stands a serious competitor, wich measured with laser seemed to be even taller by 65 cm!
Climbing both trees with tape measurement would make clear which deserves the title of tallest tree in England!
The tall trees trail is easily accessible from a parking lot at Nutcombe Bottom. For route and info:http://www.dunsterestate.co.uk/pdf/TTT_leaflet.pdf .
Tall Trees Trail:
|Coast Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) "4567"||5.34 m @ 1.50 m||60.65 m|
|Coast Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) "4568"||4.60 m @ 1.30 m||61.30 m|