Ilkley - Ilkley Clinic (Yorkshire)
|Thanks to Trevor for sending details of a Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum) growing in Ilkley. Trevor says, "I believe there is a giant redwood tree grown from seed brought to UK from California.
The origins of the tree are as follows. It comes from seed in a cone picked up in Yosemite National Park in 1970. Several seeds were planted in compost in pots. I believe 3 germinated and the tree came from the strongest seedling, which was transplanted to its present position when about 1ft tall.
It was grown indoors in a pot of compost for a couple of years and then planted in the grounds of the then International Wool Secretariat. It remains there today and can be seen by going to Google Maps, LS29 8PB. If you enter that postcode into Google Maps it will take you to the Ilkley Clinic. Go southwards about 50m and there is a group of about 6 trees in a patch of grass. The southernmost tree is the sequoia, revealed by its conical shadow, extending north eastwards.
I estimate the tree was about 40ft in height."