|What is really intriguing is that from each of the Redwood stumps, which are around two feet (60cm) or so in diameter, a ring of new shoots has grown. These fresh trunks (around eight to twelve per stump) have grown incredibly quickly and have in fact now dwarfed the replacement trees! The replacements are now struggling in the shade, some obviously dying. Coast Redwood saplings do have quite a rapid growth but in this case the rate must be much faster because they are being supported and fed by the root system of the original substantial tree.|
There have been tales of strange circles of trees formed from the perimeter of stumps of the huge Redwood trees cut by lumberjacks in California over a century ago, so it is quite interesting to see it happening in the UK (albeit on a smaller scale).
It seems that the Coast redwood may well be an excellent copice-wood tree, provided of course that one is willing to sacrifice some 50+ year old trees. This is in contrast to the Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum), where in almost all cases the tree does not re-grow once cut down.