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Early 2008
Thanks to Martin for sending the above photograph of a Coast Redwood near Goudhurst. Martin says, "I reckon he is about 80 ft high, you can make out my wife standing next to him for comparison purposes. The photo was taken last year after snow when we think he looks best. He is growing in sweet chestnut woodland, called Old Park Wood near Goudhurst in Kent and, before we bought the 6 acres around him, Red was standing in overgrown coppice which we have now cleared around him. I like to think he is about 80 + years old but it is a mystery why he was planted in this spot in private commercial woods, maybe to commemorate someone, but the reason is lost in time somewhere."

When I discover a tree in an unusual place, I also wonder about the person who planted it and whether they did so to commemorate an event or simply because they like Redwoods. A marvellous and distinctive wintry picture.

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