Explore Whitewebbs Wood
Whitewebbs is part of an ancient hunting ground called Enfield Chase. Oak and hornbeam are the most common trees but there are many others.
Here are two activities to help you explore the woodland. The first aimed at finding the largest and oldest oak trees. The second is a fun one for children with their parents.
- Hunt for the largest and oldest Oak Trees.
The oak trees in Whitewebbs are two, three or four hundred years old. It would be good to find the oldest oak trees and mark them on a map.
The Woodland Trust classes trees as “Ancient”, “Veteran” and “notable”.
Some trees trees in Whitewebbs under any of these categories are now recorded on the map – https://ati.woodlandtrust.org.uk/tree-search/?v=1621552&ml=map&z=14&nwLat=51.69827076949467&nwLng=-0.16416103339843113&seLat=51.66197512378302&seLng=-0.015244788891595196
At this stage please record any oak tree with a girth over 3 metres especially if the tree looks very old – holes in the trunk, decay holes, loss of bark, lots of dead wood higher up in the tree canopy – see here for more guidance https://ati.woodlandtrust.org.uk/how-to-record/species-guides/oak/
How to measure a tree:
Use a tape measure and measure around the tree (the girth) at 1.5 metres above ground.
Soft tape measures are usually 1.5 metres in length. Take a piece of chalk and you can mark off the distance as you measure. For example 3 x 1.5 metres = 4.5 metres
This page on the Woodland Trust site gives more guidance:
Recording the tree:
- Take a photograph – if you are using a smartphone camera with GPS switched on, the GPS position will be included in the photo properties.
- Write down the girth of the tree and mark the position on a map- there are free maps and recording sheets in the covered area by the café in Beggars hollow. Most of the trees have ID tags but these can be difficult to read. You could also give a description “100metres north of the Ranger Monument.
- You can send the information to the Woodland Trust and / or send the photo and details to this website using firstname.lastname@example.org. We will put your tree photos on the site (with a credit and you retain copyright)
Safety: The woods are wet and muddy at the moment. It is always best to have someone with you and avoid times when the wind is high. If the tree is difficult to get right up to you can estimate the diameter and multiply by 3 to get a good estimate of the girth. Don’t put yourself at risk.
2. Hunt the Fairy Doors
For younger children
On the path between the Ranger’s Grave and the clearing near the aqueduct there are many fairy doors. Lots of people who love our park have placed doors along the path.
The paths are a bit muddy at this time of year – wellies and boots are a good idea when you visit this area.