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Thanks to Sue for the information that led to the inclusion of this magnificent tree. The Giant Redwood has pride of place in the garden of Milsoms Hotel & Restaurant, just a few yards from the terrace. Although not especially tall, this Wellingtonia has earned its high position in the Broadest Table on the Top Trunks page. It looks as though the tree has lost its top at some point through lightning or a storm, probably some decades back. This would explain the greater girth than would have been expected for its height, as well as the growth of two or three additional "leaders". Although this means it does not have the usual tall columnar form of its type, it has resulted in a more voluminous canopy that actually appears more suited to the rest of the garden.

There are many other nice trees in the garden including another ancient tree, the Ginkgo biloba (Maidenhead tree). This is shown in the bottom right picture and has a seat built around its trunk.
The original house was built in 1850 and was bought by Dorothy and Arthur Milsom in 1959. In 1981 their son Gerald Milsom transformed it into a hotel and restaurant.

Common Names and Latin Name Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Height Girth Date Measured
WGS84 OSGB36
Giant Redwood, Wellingtonia
Sequoiadendron giganteum
N51.96044
E0.97288
N51.95996
E0.97463
TM 04350 33281 42ft
(12.8m)
26.1m 8.31m June 2007
Girth was measured at 1.5m from ground.

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