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Coast Redwood grove

Giant Redwood

Giant Redwood

Coast Redwood grove

Giant Redwood
Thanks to Charles for sending the above photographs of Redwoods in Queenswood Arboretum. Charles says, "I notice that you didn't have any record of redwoods in Herefordshire. Well, I have discovered some! At Queenswood Arboretum on the A49 between Hereford and Leominster there is a grove of no less than 74 coast redwoods.

Apparently they were all planted in 1957 and are now about 80 feet tall. On exploring the park I also discovered a number of Giant Redwoods all planted in 1967.

I reckon these are about 40 foot tall. Finally, to the north of the arboretum I came across a rather grand Giant Redwood hidden amongst a host of other trees......the red bark gave it away! This tree was taller than any of the other Giants in the park.
"

Queenswood Arboretum is in the middle of Queenswood Country Park on the top of Dinmore Hill and has hundreds of unusual trees from around the world. Congratulations for putting Herefordshire on the Redwood World map!

Coast Redwood grove

Lone Coast Redwood (Tree 1)
Thanks to Charles' discovery, these photographs were taken while visiting Queenswood one cold Autumn day. The grove of Coast Redwood is indeed superb, and there is a magnificent Coast Redwood standing alone nearby that was planted in 1953. It was interesting to see that the lone tree had a much greater girth despite being roughly the same age and height. The trees in the grove were up to 3.2metres in girth and around 33metres in height. The table includes just the four corner trees of the grove for reference (Trees 2 - 5).

Having failed to find most of the Giant Redwood at Queenswood (owing to lack of time), I did locate the one (Tree 6) in North Wood amid the bracken. Be warned though that it is currently (2008) home to what appears to be a hornet nest.

Common Names and Latin Name No. Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Height Girth Date Measured
WGS84 OSGB36
Coast Redwood
Sequoia sempervirens
1 N52.15823
W2.72301
N52.15783
W2.72168
SO 50636 51353 538ft
(164.02m)
30.3m 4.23m Sep 2008
2 N52.15795
W2.72298
N52.15755
W2.72165
SO 50638 51321 537ft
(163.72m)
-- -- --
3 N52.15788
W2.72241
N52.15748
W2.72108
SO 50677 51313 524ft
(159.76m)
-- -- --
4 N52.15763
W2.72222
N52.15723
W2.72089
SO 50689 51285 523ft
(159.45m)
-- -- --
5 N52.15747
W2.72305
N52.15707
W2.72172
1SO 50632 51268 515ft
(157.01m)
-- -- --
Giant Redwood
Sequoiadendron giganteum
6 N52.16326
W2.72115
N52.16286
W2.71982
SO 50769 51911 415ft
(126.52m)
34.3m 3.75m Sep 2008
Girth was measured at 1.5 metres from ground

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