Kensington & Chelsea - Kensington Town Hall (London)
|On a grey day in September it was difficult to get a good shot of the Wellingtonia at the centre of Kensington Town Hall in Hornton Street. This tree, and its neighbouring Horse Chestnut, precedes the modern buildings that surround them, the Giant Redwood having been planted by Baroness Churchill in 1967. A brass ring all around the base is inscribed with the words:
Although it appears quite healthy I would say that the tree's growth rate is suffering a little from lack of light, water and possibly shortage of air to the roots. Nevertheless it is growing and once it clears the buildings it will benefit from the additional light. Perhaps the people who "decried the loss of the last piece of green space in the area" when the new Civic Centre was built in the 1970's can sympathise with its plight.
|Common Names and Latin Name||Latitude and Longitude||OS National Grid||Elevation
|Giant Redwood, Wellingtonia
|TQ 25371 79800||102ft
|Girth was measured at 1.5 metres from ground|