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There are a couple of Giant Redwood and a Dawn Redwood beside the river in Stratford upon Avon. If you park near the recreation ground you will find the Dawn Redwood on an island by the brick foot bridge. One of the Giant Redwood is near the chain ferry which will take you across the river for 50p (2013). It was built in 1937 and it was the last of its sort to be made and used in Britain. The chain is wound manually and you may be able to have a go at the crank yourself. Another Giant Redwood is further along the same side of the bank in Holy Trinity churchyard where William Shakespeare was buried, although this will have to wait for another visit for measurements and photographs.

An enjoyable circular walk can be taken from Welford upon Avon into Stratford, firstly alongside the river passing through Luddington where two more Giant Redwoods can be found in All Saints churchyard. Further along, the footpath very interestingly goes through the bottom of people's back gardens. All of the gardens have kept the footpath in trim, although some have been well manicured, one even had a woodland feel with steps up and down. If you are returning to Welford on Avon you might like to take the Greenway, a disused railway line which has been converted to a cycle and walking path.

Common Names and Latin Name No. Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Height Date Measured
Giant Redwood
Sequoiadendron giganteum
1 -- -- -- -- ----
2 N52.18887
SP 20189 54553 44ft
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Dawn Redwood
Metasequoia glyptostrobodies
3 N52.19119
SP 20502 54812 36ft
17.2m May 2013

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