3D trees arrive in London

When Google Earth 6 was released, it brought us a bunch of cool features. One of those great new features was the addition of 3D trees in a handful of cities. It’s taken a few months, but Google has finally started adding more trees to the globe, starting with London!


In preparation for the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in April, Google has added a lot of 3D buildings and 3D trees throughout London, including along the entire royal procession route.
Here’s a video that shows how great the procession route looks with all of the new 3D items in there:

If you want to see if for yourself, you can use this KML file to fly directly to London. Be sure to enable all of the 3D items in the “3D Buildings” layer in Google Earth.
(via Google Lat Long Blog)

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Impressive images, but it is ironic that something as transitory and not universally welcome as a royal wedding has prompted this development rather than the needs of those who live in London and , for example, face a very real risk of flooding in low lying areas.
    And it’s been done before over a much wider area, but killed off by the GB state mapping agency, Ordnance Survey, as this 2007 GEB post reported

  2. Disagree with Chris. According to the polls the vast majority are looking forward to this Royal Wedding. Making Google’s tool particularly useful.

  3. @ Neil Welton Google Earth is better used for less trivial purposes. And I wonder whether the “polls” asked people if they wanted their taxes used to subsidize another Windsor family wedding or to reduce cuts in public services?

  4. Chris, I disagree. Google Earth always works best when it has a fun and meaningful application that appeals to a wider public. In addition, I’m quite sure the British public would happily vote to get rid of councillors, council hall jobsworths, and other public sector non-jobs. Let us not forget. That only 15% of British people want a republic.

  5. @ Neil Welton Google are welcome to spend some of it’s billions on fun projects, but much greater benefits must surely arise from applications like those for the current earthquake disaster in Japan. And just one fact about the royal wedding – the Daily Mail reports this week that the (London) Metropolitan Police are struggling to meet the cost of an estimated £20 millions ($33 millions) for security alone.
    And perhaps we should return to the key point of the original post – a comprehensive 3D model of London for public use was created in 2007, but was killed off by a self-serving UK government agency when it should have been encouraging such enterprise.

  6. Well, I’d much prefer the £20m was spent on very tight security for the Wedding, than £150,000 salaries for leading public sector employees, salaries for hundreds of Equality and Diversity Officers, and all those public sector non-jobs.
    Mind you, I guess we should be grateful.
    At least this Government is now no longer wasting money on education – by paying all those awful middle-class students to study at university.

  7. “At least this Government is now no longer wasting money on education – by paying all those awful middle-class students to study at university.” Oh come on, how can you be so trite?… my whole life here in the states I have been sure that all of Europe wants to be as uneducated as we are. Be just like America right? or am I wrong here? Because you guys are heading this way faster than any other nation. Welcome to the elimination of middle class and the rebirth of the dark ages! Glad to see you are joining us! Woot Woot! All money should go for the wealthy and none for working peasants! (Duh of course)

  8. I think we can see the point about money wasted on education …
    …. in your case, Neil.

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