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Giant Redwood - May 2004 - Tree no. 1

Giant Redwood - July 2006 - Tree no. 1

Giant Redwood - May 2004 - Tree no. 2

Dawn Redwood - May 2004 - Tree no. 3
Thanks to Lauren of Essex who helped to demonstrate the comparison in size between a Giant Redwood and a 5-year-old! The tree, along with another Wellingtonia and two Dawn Redwood, is in a very pleasant park in Billericay called Lake Meadows. As can be seen from the first picture, despite its great height it looks as though the Giant Redwood has had a mild encounter with a lightning strike sometime before 2004 - leaving it healthy, if a little flat-topped!

One of the Dawn Redwood sits in the midle of the Crazy Golf area. One of the noticable features of the Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) is the incredibly straight trunk, clearly visible in this fine specimen. You may also notice the classic neat cone shape that these lovely trees form. For difference between in the types of Redwoods see our Redwood Types page.

There is a lake in the park (as the name suggests), a large children's playground and a tea-room - a pleasant spot to enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake, sitting outside on a warm day.

Giant Redwood - March 2021 - Tree no. 1 - girth 5.61 metres (measured by Paul)
Paul wrote with an update on these trees, "I have been surveying Yew Trees for several months for the Ancient Yew Tree Org, & now I can survey and search for new Redwoods for Redwood World."

The girth measurements that Paul took for all four Redwoods are underneath his photographs.
All were taken at 1.5 metres from ground on 15th March 2021.

Thank you for the photographs and measurements Paul, Lake Meadows is a fairly local park to me so I really will have to go and measure the heights of these soon.
If you do find any more Redwoods on your travels I would be pleased to add them to the website.
Giant Redwood - March 2021 - Tree no. 2 - girth 6.56 metres (measured by Paul)

Dawn Redwood - March 2021 - Tree no. 3 - girth 2.17 metres (measured by Paul)

Dawn Redwood - March 2021 - Tree no. 4 - girth 1.55 metres (measured by Paul)

Paul wrote, "This last Redwood in Billericay Lakemeadows park is located in 'The Child in the park garden'"

Common Names and Latin Name No. Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Height Girth Date Measured
Giant Redwood, Wellingtonia
Sequoiadendron giganteum
1 N51.63440
TQ 67660 95619 252ft
22.5m 5.6m
June 2021
August 2008
July 2006
2 N51.63455
TQ 67571 95633 242ft
29.4m 6.45m
June 2021
August 2008
July 2006
Dawn Redwood
Metasequoia glyptostroboides
3 N51.63363
TQ 67506 95610 248ft
June 2021
July 2006
4 N51.63423
TQ 67539 95597 243ft
14.9m 1.54m
June 2021
August 2008
July 2006
Girth was measured at 1.5 metres from ground

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