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Giant Redwood including an example of the variation Pendulum
Giant Redwood Coast Redwood
Coast Redwood Giant Redwood
Bodnant Gardens has some of the tallest Redwoods in the British Isles. Their Sequoiadendron giganteum Pendulum (Giant Redwood) was planted in 1890 according to its plaque, and measured 29.3 metres high in May 2010. Their Sequoia sempervirens was the tallest Coast Redwood measured so far for the Redwood World website at 46.25 metres. The trees are so tall and broad they give the feeling of standing next to a wall of wood. The gardens are terraced and perhaps the trees owe their high growth rate to the protection of the dell in which they are growing, it certainly affords fine views of them from the top of the garden.

Dave the gardener showed us one more Giant Redwood which had half of a plaque beneath that read, "Planted by Mr & Mrs Charles.. March 19th 1..". Dave said that this would probably be Mr & Mrs Charles Maclaren.

In March 1877 Charles McLaren married Laura Pochin who inherited the Estate from her father in 1895, so the tree was most likely to have been planted, like the Pendulum, in the late 1800's.

Apart from the remarkable Redwoods, May is a fantastic time of the year to see the azaleas and many other flowers in bloom in the garden too.

Common Names and Latin Name No. Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Height Girth Date Measured
WGS84 OSGB36
Giant Redwood
Sequoiadendron giganteum
1 N53.23120
W3.80068
N53.23093
W3.79943
SH 79902 71974 28ft
(08.54m)
39.6m 5.93m May 2010
2 N53.23131
W3.80065
N53.23104
W3.7994
SH 79904 71986 52ft
(15.85m)
29.3m -- May 2010
3 N53.23165
W3.80075
N53.23138
W3.7995
SH 79898 72024 89ft
(27.13m)
46.9m 6.2m May 2010
4 N53.23193
W3.80133
N53.23166
W3.80008
SH 79860 72056 118ft
(35.98m)
42.1m 6.3m May 2010
5 N53.23233
W3.80118
N53.23206
W3.79993
SH 79872 72101 74ft
(22.56m)
47.2m 7.32m May 2010
Coast Redwood
Sequoia sempervirens
6 N53.23247
W3.80188
N53.23220
W3.80063
SH 79825 72118 71ft
(21.65m)
46.25m 5.87m May 2010
Giant Redwood
Sequoiadendron giganteum
7 N53.23271
W3.80213
N53.23244
W3.80088
SH 79809 72145 50ft
(15.24m)
13.4m -- May 2010
8 N53.23345
W3.80057
N53.23318
W3.79932
SH 79916 72224 138ft
(42.07m)
31.5m 7.45m May 2010
9 N53.23547
W3.80011
N53.23520
W3.79886
SH 79952 72448 145ft
(44.21m)
31.5m 6.85m May 2010
Girth was measured at 1.5m from ground.

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