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Thanks to Richard for sending photographs of this amazing Giant Redwood in Somerleyton Hall. Richard says "It's a very unusual tree as its branches have grown down into the ground and created a ring of new trunks around the central trunk. It's not tall but it is very wide!"

A very interesting formation of trunks. Although it is nice to see a perfectly formed and tidy tree, it is also interesting to see the unusual variations that sometimes emerge. A little tricky to measure though!

Giant Redwood Tree No. 1
As suspected, this rather spectacluar clustering of branches and new trunks meant that a girth measurement of the main trunk would be rather meaningless, particularly as that main trunk had unusually large bulges supporting some of the peculiar arrangement. The height of the main trunk was measured and a movie was taken to try and give a better feel for the extraordinary nature of this tree.

Giant Redwood Tree No. 1

Coast Redwood Tree No. 4

Giant Redwood Tree No. 3

Giant Redwood Tree No. 3
Through the tunnel, near the Bygones Museum, we spotted a Dawn Redwood and then a bit further along the path there was another Giant Redwood, also close by is a Coast Redwood to complete the Redwood set at Somerleyton. Unfortunately the heavens descended before there was a chance to experience the maze but we did partake of a tour of the house (complete with fetching blue pastic covers over our shoes to protect the carpets) and found the guides to be very informative and entertaining.

Common Names and Latin Name No. Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Height Girth Date Measured
WGS84 OSGB36
Giant Redwood
Sequoiadendron giganteum
1 N52.52239
E1.67216
N52.52194
W1.67399
TM 49210 97948 16ft
(04.88m)
28.8m -- July 2012
Dawn Redwood
Metasequoia glyptostrobodies
2 N52.52139
E1.67211
N52.52094
W1.67394
TM 49212 97836 15ft
(04.57m)
12.5m -- July 2012
Giant Redwood
Sequoiadendron giganteum
3 N52.52181
E1.67143
N52.52136
W1.67326
TM 49163 97881 15ft
(04.57m)
28.9m 4.85m July 2012
Coast Redwood
Sequoia sempervirens
4 N52.52214
E1.67120
N52.52169
W1.67303
TM 49146 97916 25ft
(07.62m)
21.3m 2.92m July 2012
Girth was measured at 1.5 metres from ground

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