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Tree No. 1 - December 2007

Tree No. 1 - March 2009

Tree Nos. 2, 3 & 4 - March 2009
Tree 1 is a lovely, substantial tree. It sits on the edge of a field, adjacent to the pathway. The only odd thing about this one is that the bark seems rather hard. This may due to the attention of kids, one of the hazards of being in playing field, perhaps. Interestingly, there are three other Wellingtonia in the rear gardens of houses that back onto the field. They are all rather shorter than Tree 1 - this may be due to attempts by various owners to restrict their size and growth. As to their origin, it has been suggested that they were planted by a famous Victorian gardener called Miss Ellen Willmot of Little Warley, though at the time of writing this has not been confirmed. The park is along St Mary's Lane in Upminster, and also boasts a windmill.

On a visit in March 2009, two of the Giant Redwoods were bursting to the seams with male cones. At first glance it looked like the foliage was unwell, but of course this is the yellow colour of the mass of male cones. Just lightly touching a branch produced a cloud of pollen. Here's hoping for a bumper year for female cones too!

Noticeboard - August 2013

Common Names and Latin Name No. Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Height Girth Date Measured
WGS84 OSGB36
Giant Redwood, Wellingtonia
Sequoiadendron giganteum
1 N51.55712
E0.24434
N51.55661
E0.24599
TQ 55683 86635 85ft (25.9m) 26.70m
26.02m
--
--
3.95m
3.87m
March 2010
December 2007
July 2005
2 N51.55736
E0.24489
N51.55685
E0.24654
TQ 55721 86663 82ft
(25m)
-- -- --
3 N51.55755
E0.24500
N51.55704
E0.24665
TQ 55727 86684 82ft
(25m)
15.50m -- March 2010
4 N51.55765
E0.24507
N51.55714
E0.24672
TQ 55732 86696 87ft
(26.5m)
11.30m -- March 2010
Girth was measured at 1.5m from ground.

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