Tree spotting in the North East
When the Scots Pine at Cragside was recently confirmed as the UK's tallest, it got us to thinking about the trees at some of our other places around the North East. Here are a few that we think are worth a look on your next visit.
This impressive Scots Pine is one of an incredible seven million trees planted by Lord and Lady Armstrong in the late 19th century at Cragside. It's officially the tallest of its type in the UK at an impressive 40 metres - that's the equivalent of a stack of ten double decker buses. See if you can see all the way to the top!
At nearly 300 years old the hall’s spectacular weeping ash has remained standing through numerous calamities, including the fire which destroyed much of the hall in 1822. Now in its dotage, its limbs have had to be propped up and it prefers a ‘hug’ rather than being swung on.
Do you recognise this lone sycamore at Hadrian's Wall? If you do, it might be from its starring turn on the big screen, in 1991 blockbuster Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
Planted to mark the bicentenary of the United States in 1976 at the ancestral home of George Washington, the hall’s coastal redwood with its beautiful, soft spongy bark and branches that hang low forming a natural den, has become a firm favourite with visitors of all ages. In America it’s known as the ‘punching tree’ as allegedly thanks to its soft, fibrous bark you can punch it hard and still feel no pain. We'd recommend starting with a gentle prod rather than a punch, though!
Historic carvings at Staward Gorge
The woodland at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge are part of the largest area of ancient woodland in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Some of the trees at Staward Gorge have the identification numbers of Italian prisoners of war carved into them.
The 45ft high Nootka Cypress evergreen’s trunk height and branches have made it an ideal tree for climbing for generations of children. Last year our kids council voted it the country's best tree to climb.