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Welcome to THE WEBSITE OF Shepherds Cot Trust

Coronavirus Covid 19 – Advice to the general public

All sporting activities on the Cot have been cancelled until further notice. 

Shepherds Cot is open to pedestrians, cyclists and dog walkers. Please note that the gates will remain locked until further notice. Trustees would advise all in our community to take notice of advice from Public Health England before undertaking your outdoor exercise and follow current advice on social distancing. 

We would also like to ask dog walkers to take dog waste home when possible as emptying of bins is uncertain at this time. 

Anti- Social Behaviour

As the fields will be less busy over the coming weeks, we are concerned for the security of our site. Over the last few weeks there have been incidents of fly tipping, vandalism and attempts to break into property. Please keep an eye out for anything suspicious and inform the police (999 for live incidents – 101 to report a past incident) and report this and any incident number on the SCT website. 


If you have n’t found us before we are situated between leafy Highgate and cosmopolitan Crouch End, six miles from the City of London and seven or so from the Palace of Westminster, the Shepherds Cot Trust is an extraordinary green oasis near the centre of one of Europe’s great capitals.

Cricket has been played on the Shepherds Cot land for over 150 years; tennis for a little less. While these sports and the Shepherds Cot Clubs are our priority, we welcome all visitors – players from other clubs, dog walkers, neighbours, Highgate Wood students or just passers by. We ask that you respect the Trustees’ and the Clubs’ values and rights and that dog walkers comply with our Dog Policy (set out below) when you are on our land.

In these difficult times we will be looking to support all our member clubs look after their facilities and prepare appropriately for when sport recommences. Please contact us via the contact links if the information provided on the site does not answer any questions you may have.


Run by eight volunteer Trustees drawn from our three member Shepherds Cot Clubs (Hanley LTC, Highgate CLTC and North London CC), the Trustees hold the freehold to the land described on the plan that can be printed from this site. We are affiliated to Fields In Trust and landlord to Georgians Tennis Club.

Dog Policy

Dogs and dog walkers are welcome on our land (and the adjacent CREOS Woodland Walks and Haringey owned meadows) but owners should ensure that dogs do not go on cricket playing fields and tennis courts. Individual Clubs on Shepherds Cot Trust land reserve the right to uphold this rule in their own way. Dogs should be on leads when on paths, in car parks or on roadways.

Dogs may be off lead when on the Haringey owned meadows and the CREOS wooded areas. Please refer to our map which shows the boundaries between Shepherds Cot Trust land, Haringey owned land and the CREOS Woodland Walks.

Drone and Helicopter Policy

For reasons of community harmony and public health and safety the landing of helicopters and the flying of drones is not permitted on the Shepherds Cot Trust site.


The Shepherds Cot facilities are available for hiring for special events such as filming. All enquiries should be sent to Richard Trusting at Shepherds Cot Trust. Clearly this subject to social distancing and current government advice.

fit fields in trust
England and Wales Cricket Board
Hanley Tennis Club
High Gate
North London Cricket Club
Shepherds Cot Trust. Tel: 0798 555 0019