Giant American Redwoods

 Giant American Redwoods

We are honoured to live amongst, and work with, these true giants of the tree world. With an outer bark approximately 6 inches to a foot thick, measuring 127 feet from ground to crown, and 18 feet across at the base, the Redwood is a truly significant and iconic landmark tree! Introduced to the UK in the mid 1850s the Redwood was popular with Victorian plant collectors. But they are merely babies compared to their American parents whose age goes back some 3000 years B.C. Yes, one of the oldest living trees on our planet. If nothing else, this is a truly unique example of what a tree can be! To encounter a Redwood today in Cambridge, please visit the botanical gardens where you will meet a truly remarkable tree, most worthy of our Tree Charter.

My name is Richard Rice, and my job is a Tree and Landscape Officer for Cambridgeshire County Council, and so I am extremely lucky to be a custodian of our tree stock. As recent times have shown us, trees and sustainable green infrastructure in our parks and open spaces should be key to what we do – they provide a wealth of benefits, from mental wellbeing, our physical health, as well as somewhere to meet to socialise, to play, and just breath and relax. So, for these reasons this is why trees are important to me, and what could be more worthwhile and beautiful than planting more trees... Many thanks for allowing me to express my support for our Tree Charter, our future, our Cambridge. With great gratitude and positive energy, kind thanks, Richard.

By Richard Rice, Tree and Landscape Officer, Cambridgeshire County Council

This story is part of a new gallery of images and voices gathered to celebrate Tree Charter Day 2020. You can support the Tree Charter and celebrate Cambridge’s Urban forest by:

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