"A Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) in Argyll has been named the UK's tallest tree by a team of experts who climbed to its top.
At 63.79m (209 feet) the Stranardon Douglas Fir near Dunans Castle beat the Grand Fir at Blair Castle in Perthshire (as featured in the book 'Meetings with Remarkable Trees' by Thomas Packenham) to the title by more than a metre!
Arborists from Sparsholt Cottage in Hampshire have been gathering official measurements fo the Tree Register. Mark Tansley, who organised the project,said Scotland provided an ideal environment for tall trees."
Thanks to my partner Helen for bringing this piece to my attention!
Saving the Yews
Fred Hageneder and his group at the Friends Of The Trees network http://www.friendsofthetrees.org.uk/ is supporting the AYG (Ancient Yew Group, http://www.ancient-yew.org/ ) to "invite the Church of England, the Church of Wales,and the the national Government to discuss the next steps towards a legal protection of the ancient yews of the British Isle – the oldest trees in all of Europe.