LACONIA — Prescott Farm is home to huge old trees, including a black walnut tree which is officially the largest one in Belknap County. Tree tours highlighting this black walnut tree, and others equally magnificent, will begin Saturday, June 24, from 11 a.m. to noon. All ages are welcome on this tour.
The trees featured during this tour are magnificent to behold, and can also teach us a great deal — just imagine what they have “seen” over the course of their lives! During this one-hour program, you will learn a lot about trees (of course!), but also fascinating fun facts about ecology, history and how the land has changed over the years.
The black walnut tree featured during this tour was added to the New Hampshire Big Tree list last year. It measures 7 feet, 7 inches (91 inches) in circumference, meaning it is about 130 years old (planted in about 1886). The largest recorded black walnut tree in New Hampshire is almost twice the size at 14 feet 10 inches (178 inches) in circumference and is located in Hopkinton.
The New Hampshire Big Tree list is organized by UNH Cooperative Extension and recognizes and records the state’s biggest “champion” trees. From the “William Whipple” horse chestnut in Portsmouth to a black spruce bog in the North Country, dedicated volunteers search the state for the largest examples of individual trees species that grow in New Hampshire. The State and County Listing of Big Trees can be viewed online their website at https://extension.unh.edu/Trees/NH-Big-Tree-Program.
If you are unable to make it to the tour on Saturday, June 24, other tours are being offered Aug. 12 and Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to noon. These tree tours are sponsored by Belknap Landscaping Company.
The cost of these tours is $7.50 ($6 members of Prescott Farm) per person with preregistration and $10 at the door. You can preregister for these tours at www.prescottfarm.org.
The black walnut tree at Prescott Farm is the largest in Belknap County. (Courtesy photo)