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Coast Redwood Giant Redwood Young Giant Redwood
Thanks to John for supplying more sightings of Redwoods in Bearsted Road, Kent. We appreciate the weather in December is not always ideal for photographs, but the picture of the Giant Sequoia, (mentioned by John as a potential future champion), shows the silhouette outline of a mature tree very well and is a good comparison with the Coast Redwood shape. We have often found Redwoods easier to spot by their silhouette on dull days in the winter.

John says, "I've been out on Boxing Day and found some real gems in Maidstone. I've attached some pics of coast and giant redwoods in Maidstone crematorium, opposite Notcutts (Garden Centre). I only took 3 pictures but they don't do the trees justice. There are 3 lovely coasts and 4 giants.

The Coast redwood
(in the above picture) - girth at 1.5m above ground 3.75m height estimated 80 foot plus the other 2 coasts are similar in height and girth.

The large giant redwood was not possible to measure at time but I think we will have a future champion with this tree. I know it will be at least 6m in girth and will measure it in the summer. It lost its top 2 years ago and I was told it was then 120 foot plus. But the top is growing again and it looks healthy. It's about 70 foot high now.

There is another young giant redwood that I took a picture of that looked nice - about 30 foot high.

I also found some awesome dawn redwoods in a church by the river, but I didn't have my camera. And there is a young giant redwood at Bluewater shopping centre.
"

Looking forward to more information and pictures in the better weather John, Maidstone sounds very promising for redwood spotting and, something we have learnt to our cost, never leave home without your camera!
Coast Redwood Tree Nos. 1 & 2
Giant Redwood Tree No. 3 Young Giant Redwood Tree No. 4
Scarred Giant Redwood and two Coast Redwood behind Tree Nos. 5, 6 & 7
The young Giant Redwood measured just over eighteen metres high, around 59 feet, and looks as though it has grown quite a lot since John's photographs were taken. In a nearby area of the crematorium, there are another three older Redwoods quite close together, and as you can see from the photograph it looks as though a lightning strike may have blown away the bark at the base of the Giant Redwood.

Common Names and Latin Name No. Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Height Girth Date Measured
WGS84 OSGB36
Coast Redwood
Sequoia sempervirens
1 N51.28227
E0.55169
N51.28172
W0.55334
TQ 78050 56773 56ft
(17.07m)
29.6m 3.85m Apr 2011
2 N51.28200
E0.55047
N51.28145
W0.55212
TQ 77966 56740 55ft
(16.77m)
28.6m 4.1m Apr 2011
Giant Redwood
Sequoiadendron giganteum
3 N51.28171
E0.54920
N51.28116
W0.55085
TQ 77878 56705 58ft
(17.68m)
31.4m 5.65m Apr 2011
4 N51.28158
E0.54880
N51.28103
W0.55045
TQ 77851 56689 57ft
(17.38m)
18.01m 1.9m Apr 2011
5 N51.28271
E0.54779
N51.28216
W0.54944
TQ 77776 56813 69ft
(21.04m)
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Coast Redwood
Sequoia sempervirens
6 N51.28279
E0.54759
N51.28224
W0.54924
TQ 77762 56821 69ft
(21.04m)
-- -- --
7 N51.28281
E0.54761
N51.28226
W0.54926
TQ 77763 56823 65ft
(19.82m)
-- -- --
Girth was measured at 1.5 metres from ground

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