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Thanks to Walter for sending the above photographs of a Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) in Abbotsbury. Walter says, "on Easter Sunday I was in Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens (situated near Weymouth). Certainly worth a visit. Among a lot of interesting other trees (a very large Caucasian wingnut) there is this Sequoia sempervirens: Breast Height Diameter: 1,38m Height: 30m"

Coast Redwood

Giant Redwood
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens is situated on the Dorset coast and has a wide variety of trees and shrubs. It has a well laid out trail that takes you on a winding route through the woodland and grounds. You should have no problem finding the Coast Redwood, look out for the cluster of shoots bursting out from the base of the trunk, typical of the Coast Redwood. Very close by is a young Giant Redwood tree, easily missed if you are looking for large specimens. Its foliage is a bit sparse which is to be expected considering its crowded location. No doubt eventually it will out grow the surrounding trees.

Dawn Redwood
There are also two Dawn Redwoods to be found earlier along the trail. A visit to the place must include a walk up the very steep incline to the fine hill top views of the coast line, including a magnificent view down along Chesil Beach to the east and Hive Beach with its sandstone cliffs to the west.

The view to Chesil Beach in the east

The view to Hive Beach in the west

Hive Beach and the sandstone cliffs (we nicknamed these "The Cliffs of Insanity"!)
Once you have completed your visit to the Subtropical Gardens, a short journey along the coast to Hive Beach is an absolute must particularly on a fine day. The cliffs really do look stunning in the sunlight, and you may find a fossil or two in the rocks below the cliffs. Beware of rock falls after heavy rain though!

Common Names and Latin Name No. Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Height Girth Date Measured
WGS84 OSGB36
Coast Redwood
Sequoia sempervirens
1 N50.66326
W2.61578
N50.66270
W2.61449
SY 56574 85025 38ft
(11.59m)
29.8m 4.46m Sep 2011
Dawn Redwood
Metasequoia glyptostrobodies
2 N50.66331
W2.61928
N50.66275
W2.61799
SY 56327 85033 39ft
(11.89m)
12.95m 1.14m Sep 2011
3 N50.66280
W2.61542
N50.66224
W2.61413
SY 56599 84974 36ft
(10.98m)
24.3m 1.25m Sep 2011
Giant Redwood
Sequoiadendron giganteum
4 N50.66310
W2.61575
N50.66254
W2.61446
SY 56576 85008 29ft
(08.84m)
14.6m 1.09m Sep 2011
Girth was measured at 1.5 metres from ground

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