Hollow Beech, The Vale

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 …

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Did you know? – Old trees

Over 800 old trees have been identified on the Heath some of which are veteran oaks over 500 years old. And the existence of rare wild service trees is indicative of ancient woodland.

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