Tallest tree in Wales confirmed by Tree Register

A Douglas fir reaching more than 60 metres into the sky has been declared the tallest tree in Wales.

Tallest tree in Wales. Image. Treefellers
Tallest tree in Wales. Image. Treefellers

The gigantic tree, on the Lake Vyrnwy estate near Llanwddyn, can lay claim to being the tallest living thing in Wales after the previous record-holder had to be felled because of safety concerns. The Lake Vyrnwy estate is managed by Forestry Commission Wales.

The new tallest tree measures 60.62 metres – not quite as tall as its 63.79 metres high predecessor – and is a close neighbour of the previous "champion".

FC Wales Local Area Manager Mike Whitley said: "It was a sad moment seeing the previous tallest tree in Wales being felled.

"However, it took only two days to confirm its successor, which is another Douglas fir that happens to be growing right next to the previous tree, so we didn’t have to look very far."

The height of the tree was measured by Stuart Clarke of Treefellers – the same arboricultural company that felled the previous champion – who was seen climbing the tree on national television during BBC1’s Countryfile programme on Sunday.

The new record holder was confirmed by David Alderman, Director of the Tree Register of the British Isles (TROBI).

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