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Dawn Redwood in Autumn and Summer colours

Giant Redwood
Castle Park is laid out around the old castle in Colchester, near the town centre. There are many well laid out flower beds, and a wide range of trees can be seen. Most important, of course, is the young Giant Redwood, which is shown next to the house above. There is also a superb Dawn Redwood which stands near the Putting Green. The top left hand photograph shows it in its Autumn colour, the leaves having turned a deep orange. The year this was taken was not a great Autumn for the Dawn Redwood, Will Jenkins (Park Ranger) said that in other years the orange has been far more vivid.

One type of Redwood the park did not have was a Coast Redwood. In November 2005, however, with the help of Will, I planted one that I had grown from seed and which stood at a height of 1.78m at 2 years old.

Coast Redwood

Job Done!    Then my Dad inspects the growth rate three months later!

Will sent this photograph in March 2007 - now about 8ft high

Colchester Castle Park Tree Walk November 2007

A friend recorded some of this warden-led walk around the park. It was made in three sections:

1) A Coastal Redwood in Colchester Castle Park

2) It's an amazing tree

3) Close to the bowling green

Friends of Colchester Castle Park have produced a Tree Trail which mentions all three Redwoods in the park.

Nearly three years after planting it is 18ft high in October 2008

Nearly four years after planting it is 22ft high in October 2009

Redwood World grows its first tree big enough to support a squirrel! (2009)

Tony took the above photograph in November 2011

Over 30 feet high in November 2013

Over 37 feet high in December 2015

It's not likely to be the same squirrel from six years ago
but he/she seemed to recognise us!
The trunk is now classically red and fibrous and looking quite a lot wider for the squirrel to climb in December 2015

43 feet high in November 2016

The broken leader has healed well

A shot from across the bowling green in November 2016

A growth graph of the Coast Redwood - height in metres
(note the dip around 2012 caused by the leader breaking)

Common Names and Latin Name No. Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Height Girth Date Measured
WGS84 OSGB36
Giant Redwood, Wellingtonia
Sequoiadendron giganteum
1 N51.89239
E0.90210
N51.89191
E0.90384
TL 99791 25518 37ft
(11.28m)
14.8m
10.9m
2.04m
1.71m
October 2011
June 2006
Dawn Redwood
Metasequoia glyptostroboides
2 N51.89203
E0.90454
N51.89154
E0.90625
TL 99958 25483 80ft
(24.39m)
19.5m 2.05m July 2009
Coast Redwood
Sequoia sempervirens
3 N51.89421
E0.90499
N51.89373
E0.90673
TL 99981 25728 41ft
(12.5m)
13.15m
11.4m
10.9m
10.2m
7.8m
8.05m
6.7m
5.5m
2.6m
1.78m
1.35m
1.17m
0.92m
0.8m
0.64m
0.61m
0.4m
0.3m
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November 2016
December 2015
November 2014
November 2013
October 2012
October 2011
October 2009
October 2008
March 2007
June 2006
Girth was measured at 1.5 metres from ground

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