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Giant Redwood - March 2024
Gerry wrote in March 2024; "I've come across your website this week after seeing all the redwood press in the newspapers I wanted to submit a specimen we have here in Crystal Palace Park to add to the list!

I took this picture of the tree this week, which I believe is a giant redwood. An old Heritage Trail guide shows the tree as having been planted after 1987, making it no more than 37 years old, and already towering above the neighbouring 3 storey homes. It makes me wonder how big the previous specimen may have been, which I assume would have been in place since the days of the actual Crystal Palace, and therefore possibly a hundred or so years old."


The Heritage Trail guide stated "Structural damage during the October storm of 1987 finally destroyed the American Redwood which was an imposing feature within the park grounds. A replacement to mark this imposing species has been planted. The tree is long lived and can survive up to 3,500 years. The trunk had a typical enlarged base with furrowed reddish brown bark that becomes softer with age..."

Thanks for this Gerry, I have read that the original Crystal Palace was built in Hyde Park to house the Great Exhibition which took place until October 1851. It was then relocated to near Sydenham Hill - an affluent area.This would have been just before the time that Giant Sequoia had been discovered in America by the Victorian Plant Hunters and they were beginning to be planted in many large estates over here in the U.K. Therefore I suspect your assumption that the first tree was planted around then is most likely correct and it would have been about 135 years old. Let's hope the 37 years old youngster flourishes and surpasses its predecessor!

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