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NEWS RELEASE No: 1667222 JUNE 2017

Forestry Commission take on England’s Tallest Tree

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Dunster Tall Trees trail

Popular walking and picnic site Nutcombe Bottom, near Dunster is now being managed by the Forestry Commission. 

The Forestry Commission have acquired Nutcombe Bottom from The Crown Estate as well as forestry land near Taunton and in Bedfordshire.

The site, which is home to England’s tallest tree will remain open to the public. The tallest tree has been growing at Nutcombe Bottom since 1876 and was 60.05 metres when it was last measured in 2009.  It also has a trunk estimated to weigh 50 tonnes with a diameter of 1.74 metres. 

Some of the existing trails that go on to land owned by others will be removed, but the tallest tree trail will remain and there will be a brand new trail put in, which will be suitable for walkers and cyclists and it will be free to park.  New play equipment that was installed by the Crown Estate will also remain for younger visitors.

Nick Salter, Area Forester for Somerset says: “We are delighted to now be managing Nutcombe Bottom and will ensure that it continues to be a lovely place to visit.  We want people to continue to enjoy the site and hope that the changes we make will be popular.  Our Community Ranger, Andy Harris, is available to answer any questions anyone has about Nutcombe Bottom and can be reached on

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Kirstie Smith, Forestry Commission, tel 0300 067 5824