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Thanks to Brenda of the Bank Hall Action Group for sending photographs of Redwoods at Bank Hall. Brenda says, "Bank Hall is a ruined Jacobean mansion built 1608, the group has been fighting for over 14 years to get it restored. We came second in the Restoration series a few years ago. Bank Hall is on the A59 between Preston and Liverpool. We have two Wellingtonia (the largest was 14ft 6in girth at 48 inches from the ground in November 2009), two Dawn Redwoods and three Coast Redwoods. I've been talking to our woodsman, he reckons the Coast Redwood was blown over about 40-50 years ago."

Good luck to Brenda and the rest of the Bank Hall Action Group in their restoration efforts.

The bottom two photographs show Coast Redwoods growing up from the side of a fallen trunk. We have seen photographs of this phenomenon before, at Leighton in Powys. A fascinating occurrence that seems to happen readily in the Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). This is perhaps similar to the way in which fresh growth will emerge from the stump of a Coast Redwood, something that I have never seen happen with Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum).

Brenda's measurements of all the Redwood tree girths at Bank Hall (excluding the fallen Coast Redwood):
Common Names and Latin Name No. Girth Date Measured Position
Giant Redwood, Wellingtonia
Sequoiadendron giganteum
1 173 inches November 2009  
2 142 inches December 2009 North of the Hall
Coast Redwood
Sequoia sempervirens
3 133 inches December 2009 North of the Hall
4 83 inches December 2009 South of the Hall
Dawn Redwood
Metasequoia glyptostroboides
5 47 inches December 2009 South of the Hall
6 23 inches December 2009 South lawn
Girth was measured at 48 inches from ground.

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