So where is the tallest tree in the world? Somehow I think it might be in California, but I am not sure why I think that. It might be a sequoia tree?
But back 19th century the tallest tree in the world was just a couple of hours drive from here in a town I remember a little as they were members of our local football league and I spent some boring Saturday afternoon childhood years there. Thorpdale is a very rich soil potato growing area. I think dairy farming happens there too.
The tallest tree in the world was a mountain ash tree, Eucalyptus regnans, was found near Thorpdale and a surveyor with a theodolite checked its height and found it to be 114 metres tall, 375 feet.
So back in 1880 what did they do with the tallest tree in the world? A plaque? Cut a tourist road through the bush for people to see it? Build a tree top walk way? Nah, none of the above. Australia being unfortunately full of Australians ever back then, they cut it down of course.
There are taller trees in the world now, but if the tree was not chopped down, it may well be competing against California's sequoias. Thorpdale would truly be on the world map and in every edition of Trivial Pursuit.
I remember my father complaining about mountain ash trees. Hard as a rock and blunt your saw in five minutes and they won't burn either. Mountain ash are still the tallest hardwood trees in the world.
Later edit: Jayne found this marvellous link to more about the tree.