Visiting Sheffield Park
|View back towards the House at Sheffield Park|
One of the main reasons we decided to go the Sheffield Park was to go and see a magnificent 125 year old Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum) which had been struck by lightning and exploded into what you can see in the pictures below. There was a very localised thunderstorm two weeks ago and the top of the tree was struck by lightening causing considerable damage to what was once one of the biggest trees in SPG. It is quite a rare sight to see a tree in this condition so we decided to go over and have a look before the gardening team at SPG clear away the damaged limbs.
|Part of the tree on the ground, suprising how pink the heart-wood of the tree is.|
|Part of the top of the tree embedded vertically deep into the ground|
|Whats left of the top of the tree from a distance|
|Duncan and Dave among the stems of the Thuja|
|Duncan standing on the base of the Giant Redwood|