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Giant Redwoods

The same two Giant Redwoods from a different angle


young Giant Redwood
There are two Giant Redwoods in the grounds near the mansion (now the University of Hertfordshire Bayfordbury campus). Another fine young specimen stands in the field near the Observatory. The Clinton Baker Pinetum is situated nearby, beyond a field and a couple of gates, although visits may only be made with prior appointment.

The manor of Bayford was bought in 1757 by William Baker (17051770), who built the mansion of Bayfordbury in 1758. Hatfield Polytechnic (later The University of Hertfordshire) acquired the house in 1967 and built the Observatory which is regarded as one of the finest teaching observatories in the country.

Common Names and Latin Name No. Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Height Girth Date Measured
WGS84 OSGB36
Giant Redwood
Sequoiadendron giganteum
1 N51.77807
W0.09344
N51.77759
W0.09185
TL 31626 10541 204ft
(62.20m)
31.5m 5.33m Sep 2009
2 N51.77779
W0.09263
N51.77731
W0.09104
TL 31682 10511 210ft
(64.02m)
3.5m -- Sep 2009
3 N51.77833
W0.09310
N51.77785
W0.09151
TL 31648 10570 221ft
(67.38m)
25m -- Sep 2009
Girth was measured at 1.5m from ground.

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