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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.
Swamp Cypress foliage
Foliage of the Swamp Cypress.
Larch foliage
Foliage of the Larch.

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 N51.89462
E0.67476
N51.89413
W0.67645
TL 84139 25165 57ft
(17.38m)
26.1m
--
5.73m
5.5m
Jul 2011
Oct 2005
Dawn Redwood
Metasequoia glyptostrobodies
2 N51.90227
E0.67793
N51.90178
W0.67962
TL 84326 26024 60ft
(18.29m)
10m -- Jul 2011
3 N51.90220
E0.67792
N51.90171
W0.67961
TL 84325 26016 60ft
(18.29m)
10.4m -- Jul 2011
4 N51.90222
E0.67785
N51.90173
W0.67954
TL 84320 26018 62ft
(18.90m)
11.4m -- Jul 2011
5 N51.90214
E0.67783
N51.90165
W0.67952
TL 84319 26009 61ft
(18.60m)
12.3m -- Jul 2011
6 N51.90212
E0.67775
N51.90163
W0.67944
TL 84314 26007 59ft
(17.99m)
12.6m -- Jul 2011
7 N51.90207
E0.67768
N51.90158
W0.67937
TL 84309 26001 60ft
(18.29m)
8.8m -- Jul 2011
8 N51.90196
E0.67777
N51.90147
W0.67946
TL 84316 25989 61ft
(18.60m)
8.8m -- Jul 2011
9 N51.90197
E0.67769
N51.90148
W0.67938
TL 84310 25990 59ft
(17.99m)
9.8m -- Jul 2011
10 N51.90191
E0.67770
N51.90142
W0.67939
TL 84311 25983 58ft
(17.68m)
11.1m -- Jul 2011
11 N51.90194
E0.67756
N51.90145
W0.67925
TL 84302 25986 59ft
(17.99m)
8.8m -- Jul 2011
12 N51.90186
E0.67780
N51.90137
W0.67949
TL 84318 25978 60ft
(18.29m)
8.5m -- Jul 2011
13 N51.90179
E0.67760
N51.90130
W0.67929
TL 84305 25970 60ft
(18.29m)
10.3m -- Jul 2011
14 N51.90182
E0.67753
N51.90133
W0.67922
TL 84300 25973 59ft
(17.99m)
11.1m -- Jul 2011
15 N51.90176
E0.67754
N51.90127
W0.67923
TL 84301 25966 58ft
(17.68m)
10.7m -- Jul 2011
16 N51.90173
E0.67748
N51.90124
W0.67917
TL 84297 25962 59ft
(17.99m)
12.5m -- Jul 2011
17 N51.90164
E0.67729
N51.90115
W0.67898
TL 84284 25952 60ft
(18.29m)
11.7m -- Jul 2011
18 N51.90153
E0.67714
N51.90104
W0.67883
TL 84274 25939 60ft
(18.29m)
11.6m -- Jul 2011
19 N51.90141
E0.67708
N51.90092
W0.67877
TL 84271 25926 60ft
(18.29m)
11.4m -- Jul 2011
20 N51.90019
E0.67610
N51.89970
W0.67779
TL 84208 25788 58ft
(17.68m)
0.85m -- Jul 0119
21 N51.89949
E0.67526
N51.89900
W0.67695
TL 84153 25708 63ft
(19.21m)
10.9m 1.17m Jul 2011
Girth was measured at 1.5m from ground.

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