Huge Spotted Gum tree near Ulladulla
Today we were lucky to be taken into the forest just outside Ulladulla, and shown an enormous old Spotted Gum tree.
This is a venerable monster of a tree, growing in state forest between Ulladulla and Batemans Bay, and until recently it was regarded as the biggest of its species.
Its diameter at a human’s breast height (the point at which foresters measure a trunk’s girth) is 2.92 metres and its canopy towers more than 50 metres above the forest floor.
At a growth rate of half a centimetre a year, the tree could easily be as old as 500 years. It is such a privilege to see a tree like this growing in the forest and I am thankful for the respect shown to the forest giant by the loggers who chose not to cut it down all those years ago when they cleared the surrounding area.