Coggeshall - Marks Hall Estate (Essex)
|Marks Hall Estate at Coggeshall boasts a fine example of Giant Redwood. A short hill climb close to the entrance is rewarded with the sight of this terrific tree. Not the tidiest of form, though, but it does have branches almost to the ground - including a rather unusual very thick branch a metre or so from the base. A sturdy tree, well suited to withstanding the winter gales which must tear up the hill in this exposed spot.
There is a really nice walk around landscaped gardens, lake, and wooded areas so if you are passing this way with a few hour to spare do yourself a favour - take time to have a wander.
Thanks to Matthew who had a chat with the arborists at Marks Hall in Coggeshall. They informed him that " Apparently the tree was struck by lightning around 20 years ago, resulting in a loss of around a third of its height (approximately) and a somewhat untidy appearance. Taking this into consideration makes this tree seem like a bit of a veteran!
Around the estate there are also at least 10 Dawn redwoods, including some planted within years of the species' arrival in the UK, making them presumably quite developed specimens. There are also some newer trees along the "Millenium Walk".
I also hear that a Coast Redwood has been planted somewhere in the arboretum. I suppose I shall have to find it!"
Thanks Matthew, I didn't realise there were so many Redwoods at Marks Hall and I will have to pay another visit sometime soon to beat you to that Coast Redwood!
Dawn Redwood 2011 Tree no. 13 Dawn Redwood 2011 Tree no. 21
|Twenty Dawn Redwoods were found on a visit in 2011, although these are all relatively young trees and there was still no sign of that Coast Redwood.|
There are examples of both Swamp Cypress and the Larch at Marks Hall, an interesting comparison when seeing the differences with the Dawn Redwood.
There is more about this on the Redwood Types page.
Foliage of the Swamp Cypress.
Foliage of the Larch.
|Common Names and Latin Name||No.||Latitude and Longitude||OS National Grid||Elevation
|Giant Redwood |
|TL 84139 25165||57ft |
|Dawn Redwood |
|TL 84326 26024||60ft |
|TL 84325 26016||60ft |
|TL 84320 26018||62ft |
|TL 84319 26009||61ft |
|TL 84314 26007||59ft |
|TL 84309 26001||60ft |
|TL 84316 25989||61ft |
|TL 84310 25990||59ft |
|TL 84311 25983||58ft |
|TL 84302 25986||59ft |
|TL 84318 25978||60ft |
|TL 84305 25970||60ft |
|TL 84300 25973||59ft |
|TL 84301 25966||58ft |
|TL 84297 25962||59ft |
|TL 84284 25952||60ft |
|TL 84274 25939||60ft |
|TL 84271 25926||60ft |
|TL 84208 25788||58ft |
|TL 84153 25708||63ft |
|Girth was measured at 1.5m from ground.|