See, touch, smell, hug, lick – the vastest tree in the British Isles
Brief Description : We will track the Avon & Kennet canal to Bradford On Avon then – (see maps below) on road to Corsham Court to see this unique tree – the Oriental plane. Although this is just one tree it is as big as a football pitch.
With an average spread of 64mtrs it has been identified by the Tree Register of the British Isles as the country’s vastest tree.
The Oriental plane is so vast its lowest branches rest on the ground & some have taken root.
Owen Johnson, registrar at the Tree Register said “Several trees rest their branches on the ground but this exceptional tree extends in each direction with branches like elephant trunks snaking across the ground – it’s a very confusing tree.”
Originating in the Middle East, the plane was planted as a specimen at the privately owned stately Corsham home.
A tree surgeon suggested taking 3m off all the branches around the tree for health & safety but the present owner – James Methuen-Campbell – decided it was such a huge, old tree he wanted to leave it to age naturally.
After Corsham Court we cycle to Chippenham for a train back to Bristol!
As much as I resist the idea of train assisted rides I have succumbed otherwise the ride would be very long. I would strongly advise anyone coming on this ride to use a folding bike. Folding bikes present British Rail with no problems – apparently. If anyone comes on a non-folding bike then please be prepared to be messed around by the rail people.
Length : 42.5 miles
Grade : Medium
Suitable for beginners : No
Tea Lunch Stop : first pub after 12:00noon other breaks at will
Start time Location : 09:00am Arnolfini