Landmark trees around the Heath and how to find them.
These two fine oaks stand on a small hump of sandy earth. When photographed in 1866 the surrounding area had been denuded by sand excavations encouraged by the Lord of the Manor, Maryon Wilson, following his disappointment at not being able to build on the Heath. Secondary woodland now surrounds these two survivors, living witnesses to the struggle to save the Heath for two centuries.
Possibly the favourite tree on Hampstead Heath. Polished smooth inside by generations of locals who have climbed inside it - the record is said to be 15!! It lost a third of its canopy in the Big Storm of of 1987, including the central leader from about 40 feet, and some fool even set a fire in it some years ago. But on it soldiers: another wonder of nature.