1992 Big Old Tree Contest winner lost in storm

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As reported by the Nashville Tree Foundation, the Shumard Oak on the J.T. Moore Middle School campus was the 1992 winner of the annual NTF Big Old Tree Contest and was estimated to be well over 200 years old. Each year, this magnificent tree would reduce atmospheric carbon by ~1400 lbs and would intercept over 24,000 gallons of stormwater runoff.

The May 3, 2020 storm that hit Nashville took down the massive oak tree.

The Nashville Tree Foundation hosts an annual contest designed to identify both large and unusual species of trees. Everyone is encouraged to nominate trees – it’s fun and easy to do! Winners are judged by circumference, height and crown spread. NTF has recorded over 800 tree champions of varied species, just like our beauty at J.T. Moore! Click HERE for rules and to enter the Big Old Tree Contest.

It’s exciting to think about all the benefits and joy that the trees we plant today will provide over the next 200 years.

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