Saturday, 12 March 2016

Wellingtonias - Giant Sequoia - Giant Redwood

Hello

Close to Finchampstead Ridges, you can't help but notice a tree-lined avenue leading downhill. The enormous trees are  giant sequoia. They used to be called wellingtonias but were renamed. Here's a National Trust link which explains how the trees arrived in England from California and why the name was changed.

They were planted along the Avenue in the 1860s by John Walter III of Bearwood House, MP and grandson of the founder of The Times newspaper, in memory of the recently deceased Duke of Wellington. They lead from the Ridges to Wellington College although nowadays modern buildings have been built in the way of the view.

Oh for some blue sky! Apologies.









Here's a link to a  charming photo from the 1870s when the trees had only been recently planted

There are over 100 trees along the road. They can reach 95m high and 12m in diameter, are the largest tree by volume in the world and can live for 3,200 years.

Despite all this grandeur, I was surprised that the cones were so small!



Bye for now

12 comments:

  1. They are amazing trees aren't they? I love the old photo:)

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    1. It's great, the bottom of the road now has a roundabout and a parade of shops but the old photo looks in the middle of nowhere! :-)

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  2. They are massive aren't they! And yes, you'd expect slightly larger cones :-) xx

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    1. Enormous, my photos don't do them justice. x

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  3. In California, when you walk into a grove of Sequoias or Redwoods, the feeling is actually spiritual; it's like walking into a cathedral. If you get a chance, please visit them, because the size can't be explained. You have to experience them to understand their grandeur.

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    1. You are quite right, they are very special. It must be great to see them en masse with some blue sky too. :-)

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  4. They are huge, I love the old picture, they look so contained and planned in that photo. I guess you would expect the cones to be bigger. Hope you are having a great weekend xx

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    1. They are impressive as you drive along the road. x

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  5. It looks like the sequoias are thriving from being transplanted. Amazing trees. We have great cedars here, too and their massive size makes one realize how small human beings are.

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    1. That's true, it's difficult to get a feel for the size on a photo. :-)

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