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It was well worth a visit to see these trees, thanks to Nick who wrote, "I thought you might like to know about some Giant Redwood trees near Ipswich in Suffolk. There are approximately 15 Sequiadendron Giganteum trees in an area of overgrown private woodland in the area of Porters Covert, near Nacton, Suffolk. These woods may have formed part of a large estate in bygone years but now look rather neglected. The trees are particularly spectacular as they are quite near the A12/A14 junction and are noticeable on the horizon compared with the much shorter native woodland around them. I imagine the woods are owned by the local farmer but I've no idea whether there are any preservation orders on the trees. I hope so."

We managed to measure eleven of these on a recent visit in 2011. Some of them are particularly tall but the noticable point about them was that the trunks were not of a correspondingly large girth. Perhaps this was due to the protection from the other trees growing close and shielding them from the wind as they grew. Although most of the trees were in fine condition, sadly a couple of the trees did not look particularly healthy, the trunks on these trees looked fine but their foliage was very sparse. Overall a great collection of Wellingtonia.

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 N52.02623
E1.24601
N52.02574
W1.24777
TM 22783 41396 22ft
(06.71m)
39.8m 5.04m Aug 2011
2 N52.02582
E1.24639
N52.02533
W1.24815
TM 22811 41352 31ft
(09.45m)
33.3m -- Aug 2011
3 N52.02545
E1.24600
N52.02496
W1.24776
TM 22786 41310 29ft
(08.84m)
38.2m -- Aug 2011
4 N52.02539
E1.24608
N52.02490
W1.24784
TM 22792 41303 30ft
(09.15m)
37.9m -- Aug 2011
5 N52.02523
E1.24612
N52.02474
W1.24788
TM 22795 41286 32ft
(09.76m)
32.3m -- Aug 2011
6 N52.02513
E1.24624
N52.02464
W1.24800
TM 22804 41275 30ft
(09.15m)
34.1m 5.16m Aug 2011
7 N52.02509
E1.24606
N52.02460
W1.24782
TM 22792 41270 26ft
(07.93m)
25.4m -- Aug 2011
8 N52.02507
E1.24587
N52.02458
W1.24763
TM 22779 41267 26ft
(07.93m)
34.4m 4m Aug 2011
9 N52.02514
E1.24588
N52.02465
W1.24764
TM 22779 41275 27ft
(08.23m)
29.1m 4.87m Aug 2011
10 N52.02514
E1.24570
N52.02465
W1.24746
TM 22767 41274 29ft
(08.84m)
34.5m -- Aug 2011
11 N52.02531
E1.24581
N52.02482
W1.24757
TM 22774 41294 25ft
(07.62m)
36.1m 4.08m Aug 2011
Girth was measured at 1.5m from ground.

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