Croxden - opposite Croxden Abbey (Staffordshire)
|Thanks to Mike for sending details and this particularly fine photograph of a Giant Redwood in Croxden. Attaining a composure of such excellence is not always easy, there is an element of luck with the weather, the ideal being a clear blue sky or with just a few clouds and the tree not being crowded. After that of course it is down to the photographer framing the shot cleanly to include the whole tree, ensuring the camera is level, and choosing the position to get the best lighting (rather than a dark shaded outline).
Mike says that the tree is, "situated in a farmer's field opposite Croxden Abbey, Croxden, near Tean. It's actually less than a mile from the one in Great Gate and of similar height. Makes me wonder if they were planted by the same person."
Yes Mike, it would be intereesting to know who planted the trees but unfortunately such information usually seems to get lost over the century or so since the planting of these large trees. I notice that a little of the bark is missing near the ground, I wonder whether this may have been from damage by cattle. Farmers often build fences around large old trees to protect them from such damage.