Waltham Abbey
W side of: Meridian Walk (Cornmill Meadows, Lee Valley Park)
Distance (N) from Greenwich
OS map detailsOS Explorer: 174
OS grid refTL 38225.01495
WGS84 lat/long51.695192, -0.001461
Marking date1984
Greenwich Meridian Marker; England; Essex; Waltham Abbey


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In 1984, in the run up to the Meridian’s ‘centenary celebrations’, Epping Forest District Council stated their intention to plant 20 western red cedars at sites identified for them by the Ordnance Survey. They actively encouraged other authorities to plant commemorative trees too. Western red cedars were chosen because their large size at maturity (50 to 60 metres) would mean that they would stand out from others around them and be highly visible. A small ceremony took place at each planting site on 13 October 1984. We have no record of where the 20 trees were planted. Seven planting sites (including this one) were located between 2005–07. The tree has steel hosiers attached to steady it. Buried deep within the foliage, they are invisible to a passer-by and unless removed, will at some point strangle the tree. It seems likely that the tree was originally marked with a commemorative plaque.