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Thanks to Lauren of Essex who helped to demonstrate the comparison in size between a Giant Redwood and a 5-year-old! The tree, along with another Wellingtonia and a Dawn Redwood (second picture), is in a very pleasant park in Billericay called Lake Meadows. As can be seen from the first picture, despite its great height it looks as though the Giant Redwood has had a mild encounter with a lightning strike - leaving it healthy, if a little flat-topped!

The Dawn Redwood sits in the midle of the Crazy Golf area. One of the noticable features of the Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) is the incredibly straight trunk, clearly visible in this fine specimen. You may also notice the classic neat cone shape that these lovely trees form. For difference between in the types of Redwoods see our Redwood Types page.

There is a lake in the park (as the name suggests), a large children's playground and a tea-room - a pleasant spot to enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake, sitting outside on a warm day.

Common Names and Latin Name No. Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Height Girth Date Measured
WGS84 OSGB36
Giant Redwood, Wellingtonia
Sequoiadendron giganteum
1 N51.63440
E0.42124
N51.63390
E0.42291
TQ 67660 95619 252ft
(76.8m)
-- 4.88m July 2006
2 N51.63455
E0.41995
N51.63405
E0.42163
TQ 67571 95633 242ft
(73.8m)
-- 5.8m July 2006
Dawn Redwood
Metasequoia glyptostroboides
3 N51.63363
E0.41901
N51.63386
E0.42068
TQ 67506 95610 248ft
(75.6m)
-- 1.83m July 2006
4 N51.63423
E0.41948
N51.63373
E0.42115
TQ 67539 95597 243ft
(74m)
-- 0.4m July 2006
Girth was measured at 1.5 metres from ground

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