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Giant Redwood Tree No. 1 - December 2018
Hidden behind the Chelmsford Museum in Oaklands Park (if it is possible to hide them!) are three Giant Redwoods.
We first visited in 2004 and found three trees (one around twenty years old) near to the children's play area.

On another visit in 2018 we found a new young specimen with a good stout guard had been planted on the front lawn fairly near to the entrance of the park.

Giant Redwood Tree No. 4 - December 2018

Giant Redwood Tree No. 2 & 1 - December 2018

Giant Redwood Tree No. 2 & 1 - December 2018

Giant Redwood Tree No. 1 - December 2018

Giant Redwood Tree No. 1 - December 2018 (note the recovered broken top)
Tree No.1 - the Giant Redwood nearest to the museum building has had some damage to its top but, as you can see from the photographs, it has recovered and grown a new leader, something that most Redwoods seem very good at achieving. If it had not lost its leader it might have been the tallest tree in the park.

Giant Redwood - October 2004

A 26 pounder Sevastopol Cannon
The large cannon is sited on one of the lawns in front of the museum, it is one of many of this type of cannon that were captured during the Siege of Sevastopol in the Crimean War from 1853 to 1856. The captured cannons were presented to many towns and cities within the British Empire.


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 N51.72257
E0.46360
N51.72207
W0.46526
TL 70259 05521 102ft
(31.10m)
32.2m 5.4m December 2018
2 N51.72208
E0.46391
N51.72158
W0.46557
TL 70282 05467 112ft
(34.15m)
35.2m 4.7m December 2018
3 N51.72232
E0.46327
N51.72182
W0.46493
TL 70237 05492 105ft
(32.01m)
-- -- --
4 N51.72334
E0.46304
N51.72284
W0.46470
TL 70217 05605 -- 2m approx -- December 2018
Girth was measured at 1.5 metres from ground

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