Monday, 30 January 2012

Thunderbolt 'explodes' redwood tree at Sheffield Park and Garden

Sequoiadendron giganteum one of three species of coniferous trees known as redwoods, classified in the family Cupressaceae in the subfamily Sequoioideae. At Sheffield Park and Garden we have a few of these across the garden mainly situated in the Big Tree walk.

Unfortunately at approximately 8pm on 25 Jan 2012 we encountered a freak storm which lasted about 5-10 minutes but produced a fork of lighting which struck one of our 125 year old Sequoiadendrons in the garden. The tree that used to stand at 26-27 meters tall was our second tallest tree in the garden.

The lightning caused it to explode, the main branches that formed the crown blew off. The trunk shattered and splintered with 7m lengths hitting the ground,  with some actually became impaled in the earth. The standing trunk is ripped and torn, the heart wood exposed. The site is devastated and strewn with timber.

We have left the tree as it appeared the next day, just clearing the path and fencing off. It is perfectly safe to view from the path but please do not go into the fenced off area. 

It is a great example of the power of nature, the worlds largest living thing (by volume) tried in vain to resist mother nature's full force. It is well worth looking at and is located within Big Tree walk which is clearly marked on a map available from the reception team.

We will remove the tree and tidy up in a few weeks time making sure we recycle as much of the timber as possible.

Photos taken by Josh Street, Gardener estate work, and the devastation was discovered by Alan Bradford Gardener.

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