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Thanks to Mike who sent photographs of two Giant Redwood trees in Shropshire. Mike says, "I visited Ellesmere today, a small town in Shropshire. The nearby lake is the major draw in the area, with lots of woody surroundings. I found and photographed two redwoods! They can be found by going to Ellesmere lake and following the signs for the children's play area. The two redwoods are adjacent to the play area. I scouted around but I'm pretty sure these are the only redwoods in the area.

My first redwoods. The bark was as soft and spongy your site led me to believe. My daughter loved the feel. Without prompting she gave one of the trees a fond hug!
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"Mere" is derived from an old Dutch word meaning an artificial lake. Meres, (as opposed to a lakes), do not have water flowing through them, but they depend on water draining from the surrounding land. Congratulations, Mike, the first Shropshire Redwood find on Redwood World. If one is going to hug a tree, it may as well be a Redwood!

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