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Date updated: 20/01/2023

New sculptures and trail

London’s Great Forest, Epping Forest, is a unique ancient woodland which stretches for 13 miles from the east end of London to Essex. The Forest has lots of rare and important habitats and is home to over 600 protected species. Two thirds of Epping Forest is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest or a Special Area of Conservation.

For the past eight years visitors of all ages have delighted in the life-size deer sculptures at the Epping Forest Visitor Centre in Chingford. Many children have enjoyed precious moments climbing and playing on the deer, taking in the spectacular views of the woodland and posing for treasured photographs with their families.

These well-loved sculptures are now sadly nearing the end of their life and need replacing. We would also like to expand the number of playable sculptures to create an exciting and magical play trail of woodland creatures which will link the popular café at Butler’s Retreat to the visitor centre.

We need your support to raise £33,000 to enable us to design, commission and install a collection of new, vibrant and exciting sculptures and forest trail which will:

  • Reflect the spirit of Epping Forest
  • Provide a fun and educational way for children to begin their visit to Epping Forest, as they make their way from sculpture to sculpture, learning about the creatures that live in the Forest
  • Use materials that are environmentally friendly whilst complementing and reflecting the Forest
  • Continue to offer a great space for families to make lasting memories

All donations, whatever their value, are gratefully received and will help us to continue the tradition of woodland-themed sculptures around Epping Forest’s Visitor Centre and provide a new, fun, forest trail for everyone to enjoy.

Epping Forest is managed by the City of London Corporation and is a registered charity (number 232990).

*Please note: If monies are raised above the required amount, or in the case that insufficient monies are raised to enable the project to go ahead, the amounts raised would be directed to similar projects within the charity.

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