Pupils roped in to measure the UK's tallest broadleaf tree
Two Bryanston pupils climbed high to check the vital statistics of the UK's tallest broadleaf tree today.
The two pupils, Hannah and Robert, succeeded in measuring one of our London Plane trees at 49.67m from the ground to the highest bud – making it the first measured broadleaf tree in the UK to break the 49m barrier.
Hannah and Robert scaled the tree under the guidance of the Shaftesbury-based Great Big Tree Climbing Company and Bryanston's Head of Outdoor Education, Dave Simpson. The pair, who both have rock-climbing experience, used a variety of rope-climbing techniques to reach the highest possible point and with a 100m tape-measure attached to a pole, were able to note the all-important figure.
“It was an amazing, incredible experience,” said Hannah. “There was such a rush of adrenalin when I got up into the canopy – and it’s a record too, which is fantastic.”
Robert said: “There was just such a fantastic view from the top, looking out over the top of all the other trees. It was such a rewarding experience to climb up there. It was quite hard work on the arms though!”