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Trees in our landscapes

Trees make a place!  At the same time they reflect the pattern of life. Tree cover reflects the soils, climate, and history of each place, as well as the activities of our predecessors over many centuries.


Is there a tree that you think is really special and that makes life just that bit better? Would you like to tell us why? ...nominate your favourite tree

At least parts of most of the towns and villages in Epping Forest District are characterised by the presence of large trees.  Some of them are specially planted exotic trees, like the giant Redwoods of Loughton or the London Planes in Epping High Street.  Many others are native trees, like the Oaks and Hornbeams of Stradbroke Drive and Bracken Drive in Chigwell. Older residents will remember the devastation caused by Dutch Elm Disease in the 1970s and 1980s.  Of course some of those trees have been replaced but the character of some places changed forever.

Epping Forest District is unusual in having no major public parks.  We rely greatly for our tree cover on trees in gardens, which means that those areas with larger gardens tend to be better tree’d than others.
Many of these trees are protected by Tree Preservation Orders, or Conservation Areas.  Where gardens are smaller there are far fewer large trees; these parts of our district rely on street trees, or trees in areas of open space. 

Some of our winning entries

To see all 50 winning entries view here...
To see all of the nominations view here...
To view all of our Champion trees view here...
To view all of our Veteran trees view here...

To see more information on any of these winning entries click on the tree image. Here you can view more pictures and data on the individual tree and its nominator.


Hainault Forest

In the countryside the ancient structure of hedgerows, scattered trees in the hedgerows and small woodlands has evolved since Roman times.  Many of these are ancient pollards, that is trees whose tops were cut off regularly.  In Hainault Forest and Epping Forest this was on an industrial scale to feed the industry and bread ovens of London.  However, the cottagers also had customary rights since Saxon times to cut trees for their own fires in winter.  Until recently most of the countryside was grazed and the hedgerows provided barriers for cattle, and also shelter and shade.  The characteristic trees of the countryside thrived because they are happy on the generally heavy soils, which cover most of the district.

The search for the district’s 50 favourite trees has been made possible thanks to a £24,700 Local Heritage Initiative Grant, a partnership grant scheme between the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Nationwide Building Society and the Countryside Agency. This project builds upon the pilot project,10 Favourite Trees, chosen by the district tree wardens, exhibited at the District Museum in 2005.

You can still nominate your favourite trees, even though the competition is closed

Competition entries closed April 2006, but nominations will are still wanted for your favourite trees so continue to register your trees when ever you wish. although these will no longer be eligable for the competition they will still be published on this web site.

To enter your nomination online now.click here

For more details contact Epping Forest Countrycare: 01992 564224 or the Tree and Landscape team on 01992 564452.

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