A tree growing in Canada’s B.C. province has become the tallest in the entire world, after its owner made a bid for approval to build his own.
The world’s highest-growing tree, called the baskins, is now a tree on the world’s biggest island, with an estimated circumference of about 1,300 metres (5,100 feet).
It is the largest tree on a remote, uninhabited island, which sits on the western shore of the B.M. Howe Sound.
A member of the Baskins family from Vancouver, Victoria, took the title for the new record-holder at a ceremony at the Island Forestry Museum in Squamish, B.T. on Wednesday.
The tree, a member of a genus known as the Boreal forest, has an estimated age of 1,290 years and weighs more than 1,500 kilograms (3,800 pounds).
Its owner, John Baskins, said he decided to build the tree after seeing it on the CBC news program “This Week” and realizing that it was the tallest he’d ever seen.
“It’s kind of hard to believe,” he told the CBC.
“I was surprised to find it out there, but when I saw it, I knew it had to be the tallest.”
Baskins said he is looking forward to building the tree, which he estimates is about 30 metres (100 feet) high and about the size of a football field.
The record-breaking tree is one of two trees in B.A. that have grown on B.S. and is the first of its kind in the province.
The other is a tree in Vancouver’s Burnaby, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) to the east, that has grown on the Pacific island of B.E.
Canada’s tallest trees are found on islands like B.F.K. and B.R.N.I.D. (British North America Island) and in the U.S., which has about 15 such species.
The U.K.’s tallest tree, the British Columbia Spruce Tree, is the highest in the country at 1,839 metres (4,000 feet).
In B.B.C., the largest trees are on islands in the Pacific Ocean, including B.D., B.L., and Bylaw Island, but in the Bemidji National Forest, the largest is a 790-metre-long (2,922-foot-long) tree in Ketchikan, Alaska.
In this Sept. 10, 2018 file photo, a B.N.-Saskatchewan maple is seen during a ceremony on the Bancroft Preserve near Ketchikans’ historic Bancross Mountain in Kekkonkoma, Alaska, Canada.