The giant Sequoia tree in the park where the Great British Bake Off is filmed was talking to me.
This show is filmed under a tent in Berkshire’s Welford Park. While watching an episode on Netflix, from time to time we see the tree.
Finding a still photo of the GBBS tent on the Welford property where the tree was visible was a challenge in itself. Actually these photos are stock photos and watching the show is a better way to find the tree.
I did some research and that tree on the Welford Park property was planted there in 1856. Mr. Charles Ross planted the giant Sequoia there to commemorate the end of the Crimean War.
We don’t know the age of the tree when it was planted, but we can safely say the tree is >160 years old.
In a grand perspective, this tree is young!
In season 3 Sue Perkins mentions the California Redwoods. A reference to Sequoia. Was that one of her comedic riff? Was that a serendipitous moment of Sequoia speaking to us thru her?
Or was that spoken reference to far away forest scripted by the network program? For what purpose, praytell?
We enjoy the BBC version of GBBS. Currently there have been changes to the network for this show. We enjoy watching Mary Berry, Sue & Mel and of course, Paul Hollywood.