Coventry - Stoke Park School (West Midlands)
|Thanks to Gillian who sent the above photograph of this superb Redwood at the Stoke Park School and Community College. She says; "This is the Redwood in our secondary school grounds in Coventry . As you can see it is quite a big one measuring 5.7m circumference at 1.5m height, 7.2m circumference at the base, and we estimate it to be about 16m tall. In the picture you can see me and I am 5’10 tall.
The students and I would appreciate if you could give us the variety of redwood we have and if possible give us an idea how old it may be."
Your tree is a Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum, also known as Wellingtonia or Giant Sequoia).
As for its age, it cannot be any older than 155 years (in 2008) because they were brought into this country by the Victorians in 1853. Given that it is quite large in girth I would guess at least 100 years old but it could even be nearer 155, perhaps one of the earliest. I suspect it may be a little taller than 16m, perhaps around 19m, but nevertheless it does look a little shorter than I would expect for the girth. It might be that it has suffered some damage due to lightning or storm some decades back.