Higham - St John's churchyard (Kent)
|Thanks to Mark for sending photographs of Redwood trees near his home in Kent. Mark says, "Having recently returned from a visit with my family whereby we toured the entire US western seaboard (LA, Vancouver, Tijuana, LA by car...) we were researching some of the aspects that fascinated us (the Redwoods) and happened upon your site. We were under the impression these tree types only grew in the US and were pleasantly surprised to see they grew here, albeit tamer versions. We were busily planning a trip to see some of the trees in our county when by chance we noticed we may have 2 or 3 examples less than 400 yards from our home. I am not certain of the type (Coastal or Giant) and I wonder if you could identify them from the images I have attached. They are located at: St John's churchyard, Hermitage Rd, Higham, Rochester, Kent. ME3 7NE. (in the borough of Gravesham)."
The trees in your photographs are of the Sequoiadendron giganteum type, (Giant Redwood, Giant Sequoia or Wellingtonia). I am pleased that you found some close to your home and you might find that you start to notice more of the "tamer" Redwoods on your travels in the U.K!
Mark also sent a photograph taken on his U.S. trip. He says that the picture "was one of many taken of the redwoods along the Redwood highway that meanders through northern California. This example is not far from Crescent City, Ca."