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The twins in a row of four Giant Redwood - Tree nos. 2 & 3 (East/West path)

The mis-shapen Giant Redwood in the row of four - Tree no. 1

The row of five Giant Redwood - Tree nos. 5-9 (North/South path)
The "Lightning Tree" Giant Redwood in the row of five and some of its remains - Tree no. 6
Thanks to Lewis for emailing to tell of the Giant Sequoias standing in Pods Wood near Tiptree.

There are two paths on which the Redwoods can be found, one has four trees while the other has five, although one of the trees along this path has been hit quite dramatically by lightning (Lewis says it is known locally as the "Lightning Tree"), the shattered remains are strewn on the other side of the path. They paint a grim picture of the ferocity of the strike, as does the trunk-length strip of torn off bark where the bolt headed for earth. One of the four trees on the other path is very stunted, a most peculiar example.

All the other Giant Redwood are crowded among other trees (mostly silver birch) and this means that photographing them is a little tricky. Tripping over brambles and stumbling into ditches is all par for the course when trying to get a better shot by going back just a little bit more...

Once again, thanks Lewis, just when I think I have found nearly all of the Redwoods there are to find in Essex, another batch pops up!

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 N51.82724
E0.75725
N51.82674
W0.75894
TL 90098 17885 59ft
(17.99m)
4.3m 0.63m Feb 2012
2 N51.82735
E0.75760
N51.82685
W0.75929
TL 90121 17898 67ft
(20.43m)
21.9m 2.14m Feb 2012
3 N51.82739
E0.75764
N51.82689
W0.75933
TL 90124 17902 67ft
(20.43m)
21.6m 1.75m Feb 2012
4 N51.82750
E0.75827
N51.82700
W0.75996
TL 90167 17916 61ft
(18.60m)
21.3m 1.88m Feb 2012
5 N51.82811
E0.75838
N51.82761
W0.76007
TL 90172 17984 64ft
(19.51m)
21.5m 2.8m Feb 2012
6 N51.82863
E0.75794
N51.82813
W0.75963
TL 90139 18041 55ft
(16.77m)
11.2m 2.43m Feb 2012
7 N51.82874
E0.75780
N51.82824
W0.75949
TL 90129 18053 53ft
(16.16m)
20.8m 2.4m Feb 2012
8 N51.82894
E0.75767
N51.82844
W0.75936
TL 90120 18075 63ft
(19.21m)
20.3m 2.2m Feb 2012
9 N51.82896
E0.75767
N51.82846
W0.75936
TL 90119 18077 61ft
(18.60m)
20.8m 2.2m Feb 2012
Tree No. 6 - lightning strike Girth was measured at 1.5m from ground.

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