Waltham Abbey
Lee Valley Park Farms, Stubbins Hall Lane
Distance (N) from Greenwich
OS map detailsOS Explorer: 174
OS grid refTL 38174.03348
WGS84 lat/long51.711855, -0.001465
Marking date1984
AccessRestricted (farm opening hours). Tree no longer present
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 two most northerly sites have commemorative plaques and it seems likely that this tree once also had one. The tree was removed in 2010/11? to enable the decked area outside the farm café to be extended. As there was space to have extended it differently, it seems likely that the loss of the tree was due to a failure of corporate memory about its origin.

Hayes Hill Farm