|S side of: B194 (Nazeing Road)|
|Distance (N) from Greenwich|
|OS map details||OS Explorer: 174|
|OS grid ref||TL 38095.06164|
|WGS84 lat/long||51.737178, -0.001492|
|Type||Tree | Plaque (tree)|
|Marking date||1984 & later|
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 original tree died, as did its replacement. A neighbouring householder replaced it again in the early 2000s, but this time with an oak sapling. He also renovated the original accompanying plaque.