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Coast Redwood - September 2008

Coast Redwood - April 2017 - photograph by Harry
This Coast Redwood can be found near Sloane Square in Sedding Street, beside the parish church of Holy Trinity. Having been allocated a small square of earth amid all the concrete, paving and tall buildings, its appearance is not perhaps as magnificent as it could be under more congenial surroundings, but it seems to be steadily gaining height nonetheless. The tree was mentioned in the Royal Horticultural Society magazine "The Garden" November 2005 Volume 130; Part 11, as being 11m (35ft) tall and five years later in 2008 it is 16.25m (53ft). This represents a growth rate of a little over 1 metre (just over 3ft) per year. I know that this rate can be attained, (from measurements taken of my tree in Colchester Castle Park), but given the conditions in this London street it is a remarkable achievement.

Unfortunately the weather on the day of the visit in 2008 did not help to produce a good photograph but I am sure the Coast appreciated the rain.

Thanks to Harry for sending us a photograph of the same tree in 2017, it certainly seems to have grown a bit since our last visit.

Coast Redwood - April 2023 - photograph by Peter

Coast Redwood - April 2023 - photograph by Peter
An update in 2023 for this Coast Redwood in Sedding Street, this time from Peter who sent the above two photographs.
Thanks Peter, great to see it's still "casually growing out of the pavement" as you wrote!

Common Names and Latin Name Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Height Girth Date Measured
Coast Redwood
Sequoia sempervirens
TQ 28065 78780 76ft
16.25m 1.2m September 2008
Girth was measured at 1.5 metres from ground

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