Cedar, Western Rad

The Western Red Cedar, is an giant evergreen conifer, that can grow to a height of 65m, and may live for 1,000’s of years, with several examples in existance that over 1,500 years old.

It is tall and conical in shape, with a broad trunk and dense fern-like foliage.

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Common Name:
Western Red Cedar

Scentific Name:
Thuja plicata

Tree No:
180

Location:
D4

Leaf bases cover the twigs, creating flattened sprays of foliage in opposite pairs. Leaves sprouting from the twigs are small, only 2–3mm long, and scale-like with an ovate shape. They are dark glossy green above with whitish markings underneath.

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The species is monoecious, which means that both male and female flowers grow on the same tree. Male flowering cones are small and inconspicuous. Female flowering cones are small, reddish-purple, and borne near the tips of branches.

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Small, woody cones are brown, slender and oval-shaped with scales. Seeds are brown ovals with narrow wings on either side.

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Native to North America, the western red cedar is planted in Britain, often as evergreen hedging in gardens or for timber. It is tolerant of dense shade.

The tree’s dense foliage attracts many birds and insects which find shelter in the fissured bark.

Their timber is used for shingles and doors and windows as it is slow to rot. The American Indians hollowed out 15 metre canoes from cedar trees.

In the UK, the tree is planted for timber and shelter. The wood is highly sought after, being one of the most durable in the world. It has an aromatic fragrance which can be retained for long periods of time and it also contains a natural preservative which is resistant to fungal attack. The durable wood is soft and good for construction.

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Braintree & Bocking Public Gardens,
43 Bocking End,
Braintree,
CM7 9AE.

Open 9:00 to 4:00pm – January, February.
Open 9:00 to 6:00pm – March.
Open 9:00 to 7:00pm – April.
Open 9:00 to 8:00pm – May, June, July, August.
Open 9:00 to 7:00pm – September.
Open 9:00 to 6:00pm – October.
Open 9:00 to 4:00pm – November December.

Note – The gates are locked at dusk.
Dusk is subject to seasonal variation, so closing times may not be exactly to the schedule, at the transitions.

No dogs allowed in the gardens.
No alcohol to be consumed in the gardens.
No riding of cycles or scooters in the gardens.

General Enquiries
Phone: 01376 773066
Email: info@braintreeandbockinggardens.co.uk

Tennis Enquiries
Phone: 01376 773070
Email: tennis@braintreeandbockinggardens.co.uk

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Thank you to everyone that joined us in the gardens yesterday for the Royal British Legion Remembrance Sunday service. Once again it was a very well attended event where the local community came together and laid wreaths to honour all those who have fallen in the line of duty during conflicts involving British and Commonwealth forces.The service was led by the Revd. Richard Chand and attended by local dignitaries including The High Sheriff of Essex, Charles Bishop, BDC Chairman, Cllr Diana Garrod, as well as local groups, schools and cadets.Many thanks to all the participants and those who helped organise this event, to honour and remember the lives of all servicemen and women who gave so much and made the ultimate sacrifice for our futures. 🌺We will remember them.🌺 ... See MoreSee Less
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🌺 🌺 Information regarding The Royal British Legion, Remembrance Service 2023, in the Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens 🌺 🌺 The service will start at 2pm, in the Public Gardens - on Sunday 12th November 2023.Cadets, Scouts, Guides and all the associated groups will gather prior to this time in allocated areas at Briantree District Council offices.Please do arrive in enough time, we recommend you arrive from 1.30pm as the service is very well attended.Following the service in the gardens Members of the Royal British Legion will lead the March through Braintree Town to St Michaels Church where everyone is welcome to join them. ... See MoreSee Less
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What a fabulous video, capturing the many wonderful cars and bikes that attend the classic car show last Sunday. Thank you all for coming together as a community and helping to raise over £8,600 on the day for the gardens.We’re so pleased you all enjoyed the day, and helped make it such a huge success. 🙏🏼🥰youtu.be/yJSmD6wnMmI?si=0JuIJU0L6qlEM9GXThank you once again to Warren Woodcraft Videography & Design @WarrenWoodcraftfor the excellent video. ... See MoreSee Less
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✨One of the highlights of our Classic Car and Bike Show is presenting our Les Ely Memorial “Best in Show” cup. This years winner was Mr David Hallett from Chelmsford - with his 1961, Ford Consul 315 Classic, in stunning turquoise blue. 🏆✨David purchased the car in 1972. In 1991 he was considering selling the classic car, but decided to build a garage to store it in, as he wasn’t ready to sell it. 20yrs later he made the decision to fully restore the car. It took seven years to restore, fitting in the project around his work. Last years winners, father and son, Gary and Allen Dines, presented and passed the trophy to David.David said, “I’m very surprised, it’s been a pleasurable experience and I feel really proud of the feedback and friendliness given to me today. I thoroughly enjoy this show as it’s got such a lovely community feel and it’s more intimate than the larger shows, the gardens are a beautiful venue to hold a classic car show. You get to see some wonderful cars and bikes, and everyone is so friendly.”🏆✨ Congratulations to David Hallett! 🏆✨The cup will be engraved and returned to David, who will bring it back to us next year ready for the next years winner. ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you to everyone who came and supported our annual charity Classic Car and Bike Show today. Such a super day in the sunshine. We had a wonderful selection of cars and bikes. We hope you all enjoyed the day. 🥰 ... See MoreSee Less
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