Handcross - Pookchurch Wood (Sussex)
|Thanks to Owen who says that the above photograph, " is of a Giant Sequoia in Pookchurch Wood on the National Trust's Nymans estate near Handcross, West Sussex, which is comfortably the tallest tree in Sussex. When I first visited it in 1997 it had recently died back about 4 metres to 43 metres (after-effects of the 1995 drought, which affected Giant Sequoias badly in the south-east?), and I didn't expect it would grow much taller again. But, being in a very sheltered valley, it's stormed away. The National Trust got a tree-surgeon to climb to the top in 1997 and it was 48.5m tall. Last week it seemed (using a laser) to be just over 50m tall. (715cm girth.) Goodness knows when it will decide to stop!"
Owen wrote in March 2012, although Ray also told us about this tree in the wood at Nymans in November 2008.
A visit by Redwood World is very long overdue for this one!