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Thanks to Helen who wrote back in early 2009 about a Giant Redwood in Ipswich, she says "the top got taken off about 30 years ago when it was struck by lightning. We have a short report about it that the previous owners had done 10 years ago by a professional arboriculturalist. It includes measurements at the time (girth at 1.2m was 7.73m then, and height 32.4m) and addresses some of the concerns that the previous owners had, such as it being so close to the house. "

In late Summer 2011, while looking around the Suffolk area, we finally paid a vist to this tree and it certainly lived up to the expectation of a grand example of Wellingtonia, with a broad trunk and fine lush foliage. A second girth measurement was taken at 1.2m above ground level as 8.24m.

Interestingly, the past few owners of the house have kept correspondence and details of work carried out on this tree since the 1970's. There had been some damage to the top of the tree (probably due to a lightning strike), and this correspondence deals with the application to the council for permission to carry out work owing to the presence of a Tree Preservation order. It appears to have taken quite a few years before the various parties got around to organising the work! Final permission seems to have been given in 1979, although they originally authorised the work to be done in 1974. A report was prepared by a tree surgeon in 1999, giving the tree a clean bill of health.

Common Names and Latin Name Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Height Girth Date Measured
Giant Redwood
Sequoiadendron giganteum
TM 19931 46438 125ft
31.4m 7.83m Aug 2011
Girth was measured at 1.5m from ground.

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