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Giant Redwoods - June 2008
Two Giant Redwoods stands in the 200 acre Balloch Castle Country Park at the southern end of Loch Lomond. One is a young tree of under ten years old. The original castle was built in 1238 but abandoned in 1390 in favour of a stronghold on the island of Inchmurrin. All that remains is a dip of the moat and the mound where it once stood. The modern castle was built in 1808 by Robert Lugar for John Buchanan of Ardoch.

The extensive grounds hold a fairly wide variety of trees, so it is well worth a visit by anyone with arboreal interests.

Giant Redwood - December 2019
Thanks to Jack who wrote to say; "When we were in Balloch, Scotland last year we found the older Giant Seequoia in the park, and collected two cones which we brought home. We only managed to keep one seedling alive but here it is being repotted at 103 days old."

It's hard to believe that the tiny seedling in the photograph, barely a few inches tall, will end up like its huge parent!

Giant Redwood seedling

Common Names and Latin Name No. Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Height Girth Date Measured
Giant Redwood, Giant Sequoia, Wellingtonia
Sequoiadendron giganteum
1 N56.01394
NS 39098 83123 179ft
6.1m 0.52m June 2008
2 N56.01430
NS 39022 83166 186ft
33.3m 5.2m June 2008
Girth was measured at 1.5m from ground.

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