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There are two large Giant Redwoods either side of the cemetery in Chipping Ongar. Unfortunately, one became very poorly and, in an attempt to save it, has had its top taken out. Growing vigorously nearby is a young Giant Redwood, ready to take over if all is lost.
A year and a half later in 2007, the lightning struck tree is still holding on, while the young Giant Redwood has grown over seven inches in height.
In 2010, a further two and a half years later, the lightning struck tree is still holding on and showing fresh growth! The young Giant Redwood has grown another fifteen inches. It is looking a little worse for wear after the very cold Winter, but it will very probably perk up once the Spring arrives.
On a visit to Chipping Ongar in April 2014 it was evident that the ailing Giant Redwood had been taken down and turned into a seat. Its young replacement has grown considerably and the remaining larger tree is still looking very good.
In March 2016 the young tree is now romping away and will soon be too big for its guard!

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 N51.70868
E0.24522
N51.70818
W0.24685
TL 55224 03490 179ft
(54.57m)
21.8m
21m
--
4.72m
--
4.39m
Apr 2014
Mar 2010
Nov 2005
Giant Redwood
Sequoiadendron giganteum
2 N51.70845
E0.24533
N51.70795
W0.24696
TL 55233 03464 172ft
(52.44m)
13.8m
13.8m
3.01m
2.97m
Mar 2010
Nov 2005
Giant Redwood
Sequoiadendron giganteum
3 N51.70840
E0.24544
N51.70790
W0.24707
TL 55240 03459 177ft
(53.96m)
4.1m
2.8m
1.8m
1.42m
1.23m
0.37m
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--
--
--
Mar 2016
Apr 2014
Mar 2010
Jun 2007
Nov 2005
Girth was measured at 1.5 metres from ground

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