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Concentration was focused on finding a convenient parking place on the outskirts of Swanage and several places were considered. Finally, after deciding on one, a look to the left and we were suddenly aware that we had parked right next to this tree! An amazing coincidence and it could so easily have been missed as it is the only Giant Redwood we found in the town. The structure of this tree looks a little unusual for a Redwood, there are three broad branches/trunks (not sure how they should be described), emerging from the base in addition to the main trunks. It will be interesting to see what happens to these over time, whatever happens though the tree looks to be in excellent health with magnificent lush foliage.

The town of Swanage is a superb place to visit, with a beautifully maintained sea-front, marvellous coast walks to the top and along the cliffs with plenty to see. Also there is the steam railway line that terminates in Swanage (definitely worth a trip with your camera), and the famous Globe built in 1887. This is worth every step of the steep walk even with the long detour that was in place in September 2011 during the restoration of Durlston Castle.


Steam train about to pass under the bridge at Herston Halt

The seafront viewed from the war memorial
The Globe stands inside Durlston Country Park overlooking the sea. Click on the left hand photograph for a closer look.

Common Names and Latin Name Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Height Girth Date Measured
WGS84 OSGB36
Giant Redwood
Sequoiadendron giganteum
N50.61305
W1.96723
N50.61248
W1.96587
SZ 02414 79262 6ft
(01.83m)
10.1m 2.58m Sep 2011
Girth was measured at 1.5 metres from ground

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