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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.

Giant Redwood - January 2022
Thanks to Paul who sent the above photograph of the Giant Redwood nearest to the museum in Oaklands Park.
You can see that a seat has been created around this tree and Paul sent girth measurements of two of the Redwoods here, measuring at 1.5 metres above ground;
Survey date: 27/01/2022
No. 1 Nearest to Museum - 5 mtr 52cm
No. 2 furthest away from Museum - 4mtr 66cm

Common Names and Latin Name No. Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Height Girth Date Measured
Giant Redwood
Sequoiadendron giganteum
1 N51.72257
TL 70259 05521 102ft
32.2m 5.4m December 2018
2 N51.72208
TL 70282 05467 112ft
35.2m 4.7m December 2018
3 N51.72232
TL 70237 05492 105ft
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4 N51.72334
TL 70217 05605 -- 2m approx -- December 2018
Girth was measured at 1.5 metres from ground

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