Bayford - Clinton Baker Pinetum (Hertfordshire)
Giant Redwood from outside the Pinetum
Two photographs of the Dawn Redwood
Coast Redwoods in the peculiar circular structure!
|The Clinton Baker Pinetum is situated near to the University of Hertfordshire's Bayfordbury campus. Permission should be gained before visiting the Pinetum. It was created in 1837 and contains around 150 species of conifers from all over the world, many are over 100 years old. Among these are nine Giant Redwood (including two young trees), a Dawn Redwood and several Coast Redwood.
One of the older Giant Redwoods has suffered the loss of its top probably in a thunder storm, quite a spectacular sight to have witnessed I would imagine. There are a couple of modest sized Coast Redwoods that seem in fine health. There is also a very peculiar structure, it is a small island a few metres across produced by the excavation of several metres depth of soil in a circular fashion. In the centre it looks as thought there were once a couple of fairly large Coast Redwoods that have been removed, and from whose stumps several shoots have since sprouted. It is probable that the original trees were removed so as not to collapse the structure, but it would appear that the new shoots will themselves become a problem in the not too distant future. A large amount of bricks and rubble have been built up against the sides of the structure, in what appears to be an attempt to prevent further collapse.
The estate was bought in the 1940's by the John Innes Horticultural Institute (of compost fame), but the current owner is the University of Hertfordshire. Volunteers helped clear the site of fallen trees and brambles after the 1987 gales and continue to restore the pathways and maintain the site.
|Common Names and Latin Name||No.||Latitude and Longitude||OS National Grid||Elevation
|Dawn Redwood |
|TL 31853 10599||181ft |
|Giant Redwood |
|TL 31854 10678||168ft |
|TL 31808 10757||186ft |
|TL 31790 10784||169ft |
|TL 31795 10809||179ft |
|TL 31781 10799||195ft |
|TL 31782 10795||216ft |
|TL 31770 10815||206ft |
|TL 31770 10811||189ft |
|Coast Redwood |
|TL 31933 10649||237ft |
|TL 31916 10644||214ft |
|TL 31891 10627||211ft |
|Girth was measured at 1.5m from ground.|