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Tree No. 1 - March 2005 Tree No. 1 - March 2009
The tallest of this set of Giant Redwoods was a surprise find on a drive down Wingletye Lane in 2005. In March 2007, it had already grown an astonishing 1.4m in two years, a good rate of growth for a tree in such an urban environment. Two years later its rate of growth seems to have slowed. Ignoring the possibly inaccurate measurement in 2008, (it may have temporarily lost its leader) it appears to have grown just .7m in height during the two years from 2007 - 2009.

Tree No. 2 - March 2009

Tree No. 3 - March 2009

Tree Nos. 4 & 5 - March 2009
I am ashamed to say that in 2005 I did not notice the others standing further down the road on the other side of the busy junction. Thanks to Dave for letting me know about the one on the opposite side of the junction, and on a visit to measure this in 2007 I noticed a further three Wellingtonia spaced some distance apart along the street!

Congratulations to Havering Council for their foresight in choosing such a noble type of tree! They look quite cute at the moment, but in time they will grow to be magnificent landmarks.

The five trees increased in height as follows

  1 2 3 4 5
2007 - 2008 1m 0.8m 0.5m 0.9m 0.9m
2008 - 2009 -- 0.5m 0.5m 0.7m 0.8m
2009 - 2010 0.8m 0.6m 1.2m 0.8m 0.8m
2010 - 2011 0.2m 0.7m 0.3m 0.7m

Common Names and Latin Name No. Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Height Date Measured
WGS84 OSGB36
Giant Redwood, Wellingtonia
Sequoiadendron giganteum
1 N51.56031
E0.22958
N51.55980
E0.23123
TQ 54649 86959 103ft
(31.4m)
11.5m
11.3m
10.5m
10.8m
9.8m
8.4m
April 2011
March 2010
March 2009
March 2008
March 2007
March 2005
2 N51.56008
E0.22905
N51.55957
E0.23070
TQ 54613 86932 101ft
(30.8m)
8.2m
7.5m
6.9m
6.4m
5.6m
April 2011
March 2010
March 2009
March 2008
March 2007
3 N51.55933
E0.22892
N51.55882
E0.23057
TQ 54616 86848 102ft
(31.1m)
7.5m
6.3m
5.8m
5.3m
April 2011
March 2009
March 2008
March 2007
4 N51.55827
E0.22886
N51.55776
E0.23051
TQ 54616 86848 104ft
(31.7m)
9.1m
8.8m
8m
7.3m
6.4m
April 2011
March 2010
March 2009
March 2008
March 2007
5 N51.55808
E0.22888
N51.55757
E0.23053
TQ 54608 86709 111ft
(33.8m)
9.2m
8.5m
7.7m
6.9m
6m
April 2011
March 2010
March 2009
March 2008
March 2007

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