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King Kong - August 2006
Thanks to Luke who sent this picture of his friends beside this lovely Giant Redwood in Polecat Woods, Lion Lane.
Luke's friends standing next to the tree make a good comparison in size.

The Tree-Register mentions Polecat Woods as "A sheltered valley woodland with some of England's tallest trees."

August 2006
T Rex Miles Stone
Ant & Dec Ant Arm Gibet Hill

Luke and friends have put tremendous effort into getting even more photographs and measurements of the trees in his area including Black Down, Woolmer Hill and Marley Common. Thanks again Luke, and thanks also to all your friends. Happy Redwood hunting!

Prince - September 2006
A visit in 2006 to Polecat Copse allowed us to confirm that these trees are among the widest so far recorded in the U.K.
King Kong and T-Rex trees - June 2007

Eden - May 2008 King Kong from afar - May 2008 Coast Redwood - May 2008
Luke sent an update in May 2008. He came across what he belives to be a Coast Redwood and he says there are also many tall Douglas Firs in the forest.
It does appear to be a Coast Redwood based on the foliage and on the overall appearance and shape of the tree. Well spotted!

* * * Update - February 2016 * * *

Giant Redwood - February 2016

Thanks to David for the above photograph of "T-Rex". He was surveying Lion Lane in Haslemere and measured the height of this tree at 43.4 metres using a measuring instrument called a Nikon Forestry Pro. This has been added to the Top Trunks page as one of the 20 tallest trees I have measured in the U.K. Although I usually only include trees on the Top Trunks page where I've made the measurement myself, David is a highway tree inspector and has used a sophisticated instrument made for measuring trees.

* * * Update - February 2022 * * *

Giant Redwood - February 2022

Giant Redwood - February 2022
Thanks to Aidan for the above photograph of "King Kong", and the second photo with its partner viewed from Polecat Valley Lane.

Aidan wrote; "King Kong measured in at 8.62m girth, making it one of the largest girthed redwoods in Surrey (second only to a few at the Valley Gardens in Windsor Great Park). I also measured King Kong’s height with my laser rangefinder mounted on a tripod; it was a whopping 53m tall - making it one of the tallest Redwoods in South East England, and taller than the both of the Redwoods at the Tall Trees Trail along the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive in the New Forest."

It's certainly is a big tree, but I wonder whether it's time to take new measurements of the pair of Redwood trees you mentioned at the Tall Trees Trail in the New Forest. The Redwood World measurement of 52.73 metres for the tallest one was taken in 2010.

Coast Redwood - November 2019
Aidan also sent a photograph of "a twin-trunked Coast redwood I spotted all the way back in November 2019 on my first visit to Polecat Copse.
It had a girth of 4.63m @ 1.50m."

Common Names and Latin Name No. Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Girth Date Measured Luke's Tree Name
Giant Redwood, Wellingtonia
Sequoiadendron giganteum
1 N51.09854
SU 88553 34007 594ft
6.1m September 2006 Prince
2 N51.09942
SU 88638 34106 559ft
5.5m September 2006 Ant
3 N51.09936
SU 88635 34099 559ft
5.63m September 2006 Dec
4 N51.10011
SU 88654 34183 579ft
8.2m September 2006 King Kong
5 N51.10011
SU 88653 34183 579ft
5.92m September 2006 T-Rex
Girth was measured at 1.5m from ground.

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