LACONIA — Prescott Farm’s 130-year-old black walnut tree is being added to the New Hampshire Big Tree list. The magnificent big trees of Prescott Farm tour features this tree and others and will take place every Friday at 10 a.m. now till Oct. 28.
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 the Granite State. New Hampshire’s State and County Listing of Big Trees can be viewed online at https://extension.unh.edu/Trees/NH-Big-Tree-Program.
Prescott Farm’s black walnut tree 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.
Their new Magnificent Big Trees of Prescott Farm tour features the black walnut and other trees equally impressive in size and beauty. Prescott Farm is home to some pretty big old trees, including this black walnut tree, which is now listed as the largest one in Belknap County. On this one-hour naturalist-guided tour, visitors will learn about trees, but also fascinating facts about ecology, history and the landscape has changed over the years. Every Friday, this tour will take place from 1 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Prescott Farm offers public programs designed to encourage environmental exploration for all ages; field trips; WildQuest Day Camps during school vacation weeks, a Naturalist in the Classroom program which fosters long-term partnerships with local elementary schools; and Fledglings, a nature-based preschool. The 160-acre historic family farm features woodland and field trails, historic barns, an old-fashioned maple sugaring operation during the month of March, heritage gardens, and a forested pond. Prescott Farm is open year round, seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hiking trails and a our Natural Playscape are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk.
The cost of this tour is $7.50, $6 for Prescott Farm members. Registration is required for this tour and can be made at www.prescottfarm.org or by calling 366-5695.
Prescott Farm's 130-year-old black walnut tree has been officially added to the NH Big Tree list. (Courtesy photo)