Barwell - Shilton Road (Leicestershire)
|Thanks to Chris for sending the above photograph of Redwoods in Barwell, Leicestershire.
"I have been familiar with these two trees at Barwell in Leicestershire Uk for many years and always wondered what they are. Having come across your website recently I believe them to be Wellingtonia. The trees stand in the village of Barwell Leics at the junction of Red Hall Drive with Shilton Road LE9 8BX and are clearly visible on Google Streetview. One is in a private garden and the other stands by the road verge. They stand at what once were the ends of a crescent shaped driveway to the Red Hall, the garden of which seems to have had several types of conifers/firs etc. The house was demolished in the 1960s to make way for housing. I believe the house was bought around 1850 by a Captain Henry Frisby and it may have been him who planted these tree."
I can confirm that the trees are most definitely Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum) aka Wellingtonia. I have found many of the older Redwood trees in the U.K. are on land that was once part of an estate of a large house or country home.