Tell the Big Tree Register about your favourite tree

The Australian all species champion: Mountain ash near Geeveston, Tasmania, known as the Kermandie Queen scores 1113 points

This small-leaved fig near Foxground, NSW, is the NSW champion with 710 points.

The Australian all species champion: Mountain ash near Geeveston, Tasmania, known as the Kermandie Queen scores 1113 points

The Australian all species champion: Mountain ash near Geeveston, Tasmania, known as the Kermandie Queen scores 1113 points

Whether it’s the elegant symmetry of the Norfolk Pine or the snaking buttresses of a Moreton Bay fig, we all have an idea of what trees we love. They signal seasons, they evoke memories, and maybe even have stories to tell!

The National Register of Big Trees is a fascinating record of more than 500 trees of 296 species, from all around Australia. Every entry includes a stunning photograph of the majestic specimen along with its total ‘points’.

When founder of the register, Derek McIntosh, wrote and told us about the project we were only too happy to spread the story – we think it’s a fantastic idea! Derek and many other tree lovers scour the countryside, looking for big trees to add to this growing document. Trees are measured and awarded their score using a formula that includes circumference, height, and crown spread.

Derek began the register with the aim of recognising trees’ natural beauty, their valuable genetic resources and their inspiring symbol of conservation. He hopes to see the list handed over to an independent body in the future.

But it’s not all about size – the register covers all the wonderful garden, pavement and park trees in our communities and wild areas.

To explore the list of champion trees or to contribute to the register check it out here.

Tanya, Parks Australia

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