The fragments of ancient woodland in Cherry Tree Wood have probably been in existence since prehistoric times. Records show that Cherry Tree Wood was once part of the Hunting Park of the Bishops of London dating back to the early 12th Century. It was probably a gift from Henry II to the Bishops of London during that period. At that time the Bishops created a huge enclosed park called the Great Hornsey Park with their adjoining manors of Hornsey and Finchley.
The Bishops’ Park was divided into two sections referred to as the Great Park, which was west of the present Great North Road and Little Park, which was in the north west. One small remnant, now called Turners Wood, is the remains of the Great Park and the Little Park is represented by Highgate Woods and Cherry Tree Wood. Ancient maps show that the area of the northern boundary of the medieval hunting park still exists as the boundary of Cherry Tree Wood alongside Brampton Grove.