We’re often reminded in our busy lives to ‘stop and smell the roses’ and recently I was reading an article that caused me to gain a deeper appreciation for the tall trees that surround us everyday. Not needing an excuse to venture into this topic, I was surprised to find so much interesting information on the forest giants that are not only found within some of the remaining wilderness areas, but also those within our very own backyards.
Recently, the world’s tallest hardwood tree was discovered near Forestry Tasmania’s Tahune Airwalk tourism attraction, about 80km south of
Centurion has broken many records. It is the tallest Eucalyptus tree in the world, the tallest hardwood in the world and the tallest flowering plant in the world. The previous tallest known existing hardwood tree was “Icarus Dream”, a Mountain Ash which measured 97m tall in the
There are approximately 100 known giant trees in
Historically, the tallest individual is claimed to be the Ferguson Tree which measured in at 132.6 m and was found in the
Big deal you may say - 130m isn't very high. Modern athletic sprinters can cover 100m in less than 10 seconds. However, to put this into perspective here are some relative heights to make it easier to visualise;
Now do you think these trees are tall?
Well you might not have a tree that big in the back yard but did you know that many of
Interestingly, in order to promote the preservation of big trees, a National Register of Big Trees was set up so tree lovers can nominate their Regional and State Champion trees. This list is constantly changing as people become more aware of the large trees in their backyards, in community parks and wilderness areas.
The register has been around for more than 25 years and is designed to help protect and retain trees which are of significance. The National Register of Big Trees has impressive examples of tree growth, natural beauty, valuable genetic resources, and inspiring symbols of conservation. To learn more about big trees or to register one in your yard or park visit http://www.nationalregisterofbigtrees.com.au/