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These pages showcase the pioneering veteran tree management on four sites owned by the City of London; Ashtead Common, Burnham Beeches, Epping Forest and Hampstead Heath. Self-guided trails have been devised at each site to allow people to visit and see for themselves the work that has been undertaken to safeguard veteran trees on these sites.

Click on the links below to see the Veteran Tree Trail for each site.


Ashtead Common


Burnham Beeches



Epping Forest



Hampstead Heath


Veteran Tree Trail – explanation of different formats

The information for each site is presented in an Esri Storymap, downloadable PDF, Google Earth (KMZ) and Google MyMaps. The advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as some useful info on how to use these platforms, is provided below.

Esri Storymap – Interactive map with photos and hyperlinks embedded. Most suited to desktop use. Does not show your location on mobile devices.

Downloadable PDF – suitable for those without a smartphone or tablet.

Google Earth (KML) – Can be opened with the Google Earth application, available on desktop, ios and android. This application can be downloaded from Google (desktop),  iTunes, or Play Store. On mobile, this application shows your position allowing you to locate the trees. A Google account is not required to use this map, however your location does not automatically update like in Google Maps (see below), making it trickier to use to locate trees.

Google MyMaps – Interactive map with photos and hyperlinks embedded. Works well on desktop. If opened with Google Maps application on mobile (available on ios and android and can be downloaded from iTunes or Play Store) this application shows your position allowing you to locate the trees. To use this map a Google account is required and you must be signed in (sign up for an account here). Location updates automatically making it easier to locate trees. When you open the map you may be prompted to ‘Open with Google MayMaps’, click on this to open maps. If map doesn’t display automatically, follow steps in screenshots below to find map.