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Although built to an old style, Buckfast Abbey is actually a 20th Century construction. The clean, unworn faces of the stone blocks give this fact away. Centrally placed in the courtyard, however, is a Giant Redwood that must have been planted back in Victorian times. Although still a nice specimen, its foliage does look a little on the sparse side and I suspect this may be due to the extent of pathway and compacted lawn surrounding it. Other than this it seems in good health.

At the back of the Abbey, in the private quarters, stands a young Dawn Redwood. This is ideally placed, being just a few feet from the river. There is also a set of beehives that have been producing honey for many years, some eleven tons or so in 2007!

If you visit Buckfast Abbey be sure to leave your sandwiches at home and sample the delights of their excellent restaurant (The Grange).

Common Names and Latin Name Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Height Girth Date Measured
Giant Redwood, Wellingtonia
Sequoiadendron giganteum
SX 74062 67441 115ft
29.5m 5.72m May 2008
Dawn Redwood
Metasequoia glyptostrobodies
SX 74187 67499 131ft
18m 3.2m May 2008
Girth was measured at 1.5m from ground.

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