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CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) – The town of Carmel has found the tallest tree in town, and it’s a sycamore!

Residents were invited to submit their tallest trees in a month-long competition centered on Arbor Day this year. The competition was organized by Carmel Urban Forestry.

The city examined the entries and collected measurements to determine the tallest tree in Carmel. The Wong family was the winning entry. This family submitted their large tree which measured 271.8 inches in circumference. It’s almost 60 inches taller than Canary Court’s second tree.

Carmel has been recognized as a Tree City USA for 27 years and a Tree City Growth Award winner for over 20 years for increasing the number of trees in the community. The city added 600 trees last year.

“I wanted to create a way to educate our residents about our mature urban forest. This contest helped them see how many great old trees exist in our community and reminded them of this valuable asset,” said Mayor Jim Brainard.

The city’s Urban Forestry Committee celebrated Arbor Day with the Big Tree contest. There were a total of 142 entries in 10 species categories. The tallest tree was determined from these finalist species. The winner was announced during the first Carmel Farmers Market weekend in May.

Carmel environmental planner and urban forestry expert Daren Mindham said the competition has increased residents’ interest in Carmel’s urban forest and tall trees. They plan to continue the contest in the future.

More information on urban forestry can be found on the Carmel Urban Forestry website.


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