Bridgetown is home to Australia’s largest oak tree

Jamie and Sue Doust stand under their ginormous English oak tree.
Jamie and Sue Doust stand under their ginormous English oak tree.

An English oak tree just 7km north of Bridgetown has been crowned as the biggest of its kind in Australia.

At 98-feet tall, the old oak out on Dalmore Farm has reclaimed its title.

The tree was nominated by Dalgarup Park owners, Jamie and Sue Doust, who have held the record in the past and are pleased to see it returned to the west.

The property was established in 1895.

It is then when the Dousts believe the Hester family – settled the area originally – planted the oak tree.

The couple have resided at the property for the past 25 years of their 39-year marriage.

The Quercus robur has a circumference of 6.5 metres with a crown of 121 feet.

Sue said the tree had been officially measured by the National Register of Big Trees.

“We have a photo of it when it was probably only one or two years old,” she said.

“Now it's 2017 and it's much, much bigger.”

After having it measured, they were informed that it is the biggest English oak tree in Australia.

“It's part of our backyard, we didn't even realise it's significance until one of the ancestors who lived here contacted the tree register to say that the tree should be acknowledged.”

She said it had its own climate as when a person sits under the tree on a sunny day, the temperature drops by 10 degrees celcius.

“It gets the odd prune back every now and then because it grows over our shed. It's big enough to care for itself, we put lots of manure around it,” Sue said,

“It obviously likes where it is because it keeps growing bigger.”

The tree could continue to live for another 50 to 100 years, she said.

“Apparently in England they last for 500 or 600 years.”

Jamie said a tree expert told them that the tree was in its declining years.

“We haven't [treated it as an attraction] in the past and we don't intend to in the future,” he said.

“Every other year we get asked to remeasure it because someone else out there claims to have a measured a larger one. It's a beautiful, big tree.”


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