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Tall Tree at Blair Castle ‘measures up’ in the hunt for UK’s tallest tree

The team at Atholl Estates is delighted to announce that a grand fir tree in Diana’s Grove, part of the historic landscape surrounding Blair Castle, will be climbed by a group of experts on 21st February 2009 in the hope that its height will break a record as one of the UK’s tallest trees.

A team of university lecturers from Sparsholt College and Urban Forestry, Bury St Edmonds will visit a grand fir in Diana’s Grove as part of ‘The Tall Trees Project 2009’ where they will be measuring some of the tallest trees in the UK. The tree in Diana’s Grove will be included in the study which will measure two other Scottish Douglas firs; one growing near Dunans Castle, Argyll, the other at The Hermitage near Dunkeld in Perthshire.

The project will record the height of these trees whilst aiming to raise awareness of the fantastic natural heritage of the UK and promoting interest in a range of tree related opportunities. Spectacular aerial photography will be administered by extreme photographer Lukasz Warzecha who will take some unique photographs of the ascents and views of Diana’s Grove.

The tall tree in Diana’s Grove was last measured in 2007 and had reached a height of 63.5 metres, equivalent of the height of nearly fourteen and a half double decker buses. All eyes will be looking skywards on the 21st February to see if the Diana’s Grove grand fir will make it into the record books.

Blair Castle and Grounds are open throughout the winter on Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9.30am-2pm. Entrance to the grounds, restaurant and shop is free until March 28, 2009 (an admission fee applies for castle tour).

For further information about Blair Castle please phone 01796 481 207 or visit www.blair-castle.co.uk

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