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Giant Redwood - August 2004
Towering above the United Reform Church in New Street, Great Dunmow, is this Giant Redwood. This nice example of the tree has had a seat built around it. I wonder how long it will be before the tree outgrows the seat!

Great Dunmow is an ancient town in the north of Essex whose greatest claim to fame is probably the Dunmow Flitch Trials. This is an ancient custom dating back to 1104 whereby a couple that can demontrate that they are still happily married after twelve months and one day will be rewarded with a side of bacon. Not the best town to be born a pig.

* * * Update - June 2011 * * *

Giant Redwood - June 2011
It was still a nice looking Giant Redwood example in 2011, even though the trunk is getting ever closer to the bench.

Giant Redwood - June 2011

* * * Update - May 2024 * * *

Giant Redwood - May2024
2004: "I wonder how long it will be before the tree outgrows the seat!" The answer was about twenty years. Apart from the seat being swallowed by the tree, the graveyard was looking rather neglected in 2024. The tree had some of its ivy stopped in its tracks some time ago, but there was plenty more creeping upwards. Too much to remove on this visit and also too much to obtain an accurate girth measurement.

Giant Redwood - May2024

Common Names and Latin Name Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Height Girth Date Measured
Giant Redwood, Wellingtonia
Sequoiadendron giganteum
TL 62836 21667 263ft
May 2024
June 2011
Girth measured at 1.5m from ground.

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