Favourite Trees

Favourite Trees of Epping Forest District

Tree Statistics

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4930 trees recorded.
7547 pictures associated with them.
0 Conservation trees recorded.
7 Heritage trees recorded.
17 Landmark trees recorded.
73 Ancient trees recorded.
0 Flagship trees recorded.
3641 Veteran trees recorded.
Other trees 1192
There are 4667 recorded in Epping.
There are 261 recorded in Harlow.
There are 2 recorded in Brentwood.

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Favourite Tree book
The Favourite Trees Book
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Woodland Trust Ancient Trees Guide
Woodland Trust Ancient Trees Guide available here as a PDF to download.
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The trees that made Britain
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4930 Trees Now Recorded

Welcome to the Epping Forest District Favourite Tree website, extending by kind agreement with Harlow District Council to Favourite Trees in Harlow and now in Brentwood as well.
On this site you will find a whole range of information about our special tree heritage and how people have been inspired to conserve and protect it.

We believe in working as partners with the residents of our district and their representatives on town and parish councils. Together we aim to protect and enhance what is most valuable about our natural environment. This Favourite Trees project, which started in 2006, is part of that. So are our programs of community tree strategies and recording other notable trees.
Here you will find the record of that project, as well as the links to our database of special ancient and veteran trees. These we are continuing to record across the district.

There is a pictorial data base which contains the pictures and details of thousands of ancient and veteran trees that we have recorded across the district as part of the Epping Forest and Harlow Veteran Tree Hunt. There are also links to schools and educational projects we have undertaken. This website has many cross links with Epping Forest District Council’s Countryside Service - Countrycare who have been largely responsible for the content of this site and have organised the veteran tree hunt and 50 favourite trees project.  

In May 2007, Favourite Trees expanded as Harlow Council joined. They too are recording their special trees within the pictorial database. See Harlow...





As well as funding survey work, a Green Arc grant also enabled us to run an educational outreach project with local schools focusing on art, photography and ancient tree recording. See schools...

The grant also allowed us to produce a book of the favourite trees project and the veteran tree hunt. See Favourite Trees book...

Please follow these links to the book we made to record the project and to other of our initiatives, including our most recent Community Tree Strategies and to an article that Chris Neilan, the council's landscape and tree specialist, wrote in 2012 explaining the "Soft Power" approach.

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Education page showing school images
Local nature reserves Epping District Council page
This book has been produced as part of the Green Arc project and contains 140 pages of facts and photographs of some of the trees to be found in the Epping Forest district. The school project was a great success and will hopefully lead to a greater relationship with EFDC and local schools. There are nine LNR's in the Epping Forest District. These contain an abundance of different tree species and wildlife.
Softpower Veteran trees in Epping

Download (11mb) the 104pp PDF book for iPad or computer here...

Chris Neilan, Landscape Officer, explains Soft Power.

With now over 4,000 trees recorded and still growing...

Tree values image of Plane tree in Epping town Ongar Tree Strategy Cover Picture Image of Black Poplar Heritage Tree in Roydon link to page

Invented and developed by Chris Neilan, EFDC Landscape Officer, CAVAT allows a council to value its trees as public assets, based on a replacement cost approach

Recently published this A4 document is available as a PDF to download (5mb)...

Black Poplars and Wild Service trees are amongst the rare species in our district...

You are still able to nominate your own Favourite Trees

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For more details contact Epping Forest Countrycare: 01992 788203 or the Tree and Landscape team on 01992 564452.

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