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Though Giant Redwoods are not exactly rare in Colchester, I was still rather surprised by this collection. Six magnificent examples are set in a circle, covering the area of a moderate sized house. This might have been an idylic place for a Summer picnic while the children (or grandchildren) play, running around the lovely soft trunks of these giants, but for one unfortunate detail; rather than leave this as a small grassed play area, some genius in a planning office has allowed a road to be built right through them!

What a sad waste of a treasure, handed down from a previous generation.

Ah well, I always suspected these people had no soul...

Common Names and Latin Name No. Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Girth Date Measured
WGS84 OSGB36
Giant Redwood, Wellingtonia
Sequoiadendron giganteum
1 N51.88797
E0.85869
N51.88749
E0.86043
TL 96823 24908 134ft
(40.9m)
4.88m May 2006
2 N51.88805
E0.85882
N51.88757
E0.86056
TL 96832 24917 125ft
(38.1m)
4.81m May 2006
3 N51.88801
E0.85899
N51.88753
E0.86073
TL 96844 24913 124ft
(37.8m)
5.08m May 2006
4 N51.88786
E0.85905
N51.88738
E0.86079
TL 96849 24897 116ft
(35.4m)
4.67m May 2006
5 N51.88778
E0.85894
N51.88730
E0.86068
TL 96841 24888 115ft
(30.1m)
3.93m May 2006
6 N51.88782
E0.85877
N51.88734
E0.86051
TL 96830 24891 126ft
(38.4m)
4.51m May 2006
Girth was measured at 1.5m from ground.

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