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    Visit England VAQAS scheme

    Our Visitor Centres were awarded the Visit England's Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme in 2014​

Epping Forest has lots to celebrate and the number of awards we have received is an example of the hard work that goes into managing this diverse public green space.

See the sections below for details about the recent awards received by Epping Forest and the City of London Corporation.

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You can also have your say on Epping Forest by participating in our visitor surveys and consultations.

Green Flag Award

For the fourteenth year running, Epping Forest has been awarded a Green Flag Award (2016/17). The award recognises the high standards achieved in managing an open space for people to enjoy. Receipt of this award reflects the judges’ view that the forest is well-managed and provides a high quality open space experience for its visitors. Further information about the Green Flag and Green Heritage awards scheme can be found on the Green Flag Award website.

Green Heritage Site

For the fourteenth year Epping Forest has also received Green Heritage Site accreditation! The scheme is sponsored by English Heritage and promotes the care and upkeep of parks and green spaces in England that are of historical interest. Further information about the Green Flag and Green Heritage awards scheme can be found on the Green Flag Award website

Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme

Visit England's  Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme has been awarded to The Temple and Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge for the third time and The View (which opened in 2012) for the second time, following their visits to the Forest Centres in January 2014. These centres are now graded as top quality visitor attractions.

Silver Award from the Green Tourism Scheme

Epping Forest is delighted to announce that the Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge has received a Silver Award from the Green Tourism Scheme.

Equestrian Award for Open Spaces

The City of London is very proud to have received the British Horse Society (BHS) Access Award for the Public Agency which has done most for equestrian access. This is awarded to the Local Authority/National Park most active in opening up equestrian routes.

The award was made in recognition of the work at Epping Forest, located in East London and West Essex, and at the City Commons which manages seven open spaces in the south London and Surrey area.

The BHS explains why the City of London Corporation has been nationally recognised for its equestrian access: "In Epping Forest there are more than 50 miles of horse tracks. Such access is of immeasurable value to riders as it often provides the best opportunity for equestrian leisure and recreation within a highly urbanised environment. The BHS is grateful for the work undertaken by the City of London Corporation on behalf of riders in London over so many decades."

Chairman of the Epping Forest and Commons Committee, Barbara Newman, who was delighted to receive the award, added: "We are extremely honoured to have our horse riding facilities recognised in this way and are looking forward to continuing the good work with the horse riding community, providing equestrian access to our beautiful open spaces."

Football Association Special Partnership Award

​Epping  Forest Football Development Officer until 2011, Sinem Cakir, was awarded the Football Association's Special Partnership Award at an event held at Tottenham Hotspur.

In 2008, Epping Forest received Football Foundation and other funding to improve facilities at the Wanstead Flats Playing Fields, by building the new Harrow Road Changing Pavilion and to employ a Football Development Officer to drive participation and provision on the site. Sinem was employed in this role and the Football Association said: "The quality of the person employed has ensured exactly that is happening with a thorough, strategic and passionate approach to the job improving the football experience for all involved."
Sinem was delighted to receive the award and said: "It was a lovely surprise to receive this award and a great way to be told that the project you're working on is heading in the right direction, making a positive and noteworthy difference."                               

Investors in People

​Epping Forest has been also been awarded Investors in People status.

Green Apple Award

​The Green Apple Award for Best Environmental Practice Silver Prize was awarded to our oral history project ‘Echoes of Epping Forest’. The Green Apple Awards celebrate good environmental practice by companies, councils, communities and countries and are organised by The Green Organisation in association with the Environment Agency and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. The book ‘Echoes of Epping Forest’ contains recollections of Epping Forest throughout the 20th century, as told by a wide range of local people. The book is available for sale from the Epping Forest Visitor Centre or the Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge at £3.95.


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