This rowan is quite a spectacle. It stands at 28 metres tall, with a girth of 1.75m, making it the tallest of its species in the country. It was discovered in 1996 by John Morris, head of the Chiltern Woodlands Project. He said:
"It was quite a surprise. At first I thought it must be a beech, it was so huge. I never knew rowans could get this big."
Generally, rowan trees only grow to a maximum of 20m, and most do not exceed 15m. How this tree came to be so huge is therefore something of a mystery.
Whilst it is the tallest rowan tree on record in the UK, it is not the fattest, its 1.75m girth being dwarfed by a rowan tree in Hampshire, which measures in at 4.90m.
There are other noteworthy trees in these woodlands; the area also boasts a striking pine, the only survivor of a group of four, a large oak, and an oak and a beech, fused at the roots.
For more record breakers of all species, why not have a look at the Tree Register of the British Isles' website?
This tree stands in private land