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The City of London Corporation, which manages Epping Forest, is calling on local groups to join a new consultative committee for the site.

What the committee will do

The committee will be a new open forum where Epping Forest management and policy issues can be discussed with representative user groups from across the Forest.

Its views will feed into the City Corporation’s Epping Forest and Commons Committee, which makes decisions about Forest policy.

How the committee will be formed

16 local groups will be selected to sit on the committee*, which will be Chaired by Philip Woodhouse, Chairman of the City Corporation’s the Epping Forest and Commons Committee.

Representatives on the new consultative committee will be drawn from groups from across the community with a specific interest in the heritage, recreation and conservation of the Forest. The committee will meet regularly and will be open to the public.

Philip Woodhouse, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Epping Forest and Commons Committee, said:

“Epping Forest has always benefited from a wide range of user groups with a real knowledge and interest in the ancient woodland.

We want to make sure that Epping Forest continues to be managed in an open and inclusive way. This new forum will be a great opportunity for all of us to share ideas which can improve our enjoyment of the Forest.”

Terms of reference

Please see the Epping Forest Consultative Committee Terms of Reference (132 KB) for more information on the following:

  • purpose of the committee
  • scheduling, location and public access
  • allocation of positions
  • requirements and responsibilities of representatives

Nominee applications

Epping Forest user groups wishing to nominate a representative for the new Consultative Committee should contact Epping Forest Business Manager, Jo Hurst:

Applications must be received no later than 22 September 2017.

If you wish to nominate a member of your organisation to represent you, please reply with the following:

  • name and contact details of your organisation
  • name and contact details of nominated representative
  • membership numbers, plus details of further affiliations if appropriate
  • geographic area of interest (if only part of Epping Forest), plus subject interest (e.g. sports, heritage, conservation, etc.)
  • a copy of your organisation’s constitution and details of legal status (e.g. registered charity)

Further information

Epping Forest is London and Essex’s largest green space, attracting over 4.5 million visits every year. It has over 1 million trees, some of which are up to 1,000 years old – including 50,000 ancient pollards of Beech, Hornbeam and Oak. The ancient woodland is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation.

Our approach to consultation

The City of London Corporation already has a number of long-standing arrangements under which the views of local people are sought on Epping Forest policy. Under the Epping Forest Act 1878, four Epping Forest Verderers are elected locally to sit on the City Corporation’s the Epping Forest and Commons Committee. There has been extensive public consultation on management plans and the City Corporation meets regularly with publicly elected councillors from neighbouring boroughs Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Epping Forest District Council.

Managing green spaces

The City of London Corporation manages over 11,000 acres of green space across London and south east England, including Epping Forest, Hampstead Heath and Burnham Beeches, with many of its sites designated National Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest for their unique ecology and rare plant species.

14 August 2017
Last Modified:
30 August 2017