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Martin Aaron Martin Aaron | 11:57 UK time, Monday, 28 March 2011

Fans of BBC One's Countryfile series will have recently seen the sad demise of Wales' tallest and joint tallest tree in Britain. Unfortunately it had to be felled due to safety concerns.

Don't despair though, as it's neighbour has recently taken the new title! The new tallest tree at Lake Vyrnwy measures 60.62 metres - not quite as tall as its 63.79 metres high predecessor but not far off.

Forestry Comission 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."

BBC Countryfile presenter, Julia Bradbury with the former tallest tree in Wales.

BBC Countryfile presenter, Julia Bradbury and the former tallest tree in Wales.

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

David said, "This tree is one of only seven in Wales believed to be at or around the 60m mark. At 60.62m, it is currently the tallest tree in Wales, with the second tallest being a 60.5m grand fir at Leighton Hall, near Welshpool."

It took around an hour to climb and measure the tree using the same, approved method as had previously been used and is only the third tree over 60 metres ever to be climbed in Wales.


  • Comment number 1.

    this is my first time on here about countryfile its a show for Sunday after noons not Sunday night viewing its a cheap way for the beeb to save money just like the sheep program all the entertainers are animals and dont need to be paid a penny good as they are move it to Sunday after noons please give us some proper entertainment in the evenings as for Julia she is a bit old hat now and sounds very boring I have to switch the program off.
    Same goes for Gardeners World I was an avide viewer of this program now the beeb as gone back wards to Monty why whats happended to Toby and the feild you purchased to make the program from. The new program again dosnt inspire me to go out and have a garden just like when you did it from A.T,s. garden Toby was getting me out there digging Monty, Miss Clyne and Rachel are not doing that for me another show I do not watch any more thanks


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