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Forest Focus

Forest Focus is our free quarterly newsletter. It's full of the latest stories, features, news and events in Epping Forest.

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Maintenance at the Temple

Please note, the Temple is currently closed for internal repairs. This is anticipated to take several weeks, but may run longer. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Closure of open riding

Please note, open horse-riding in the Forest has now ended until Spring 2018.

Transport for London works at Bury Road

Thank you for your patience whilst a TfL compound is situated at the Bury Road overflow car park. The compound will be in place until early Spring. This will allow TfL to carry out essential improvements to the train line from Chingford to Liverpool Street, bringing benefits to the local area and for visitors to Epping Forest.

Water levels in Wanstead Park

The City of London manage four lakes at Wanstead Park. These lakes, along with one owned by our neighbours, comprise a five lake cascade that formed the centrepiece in one of England’s most significant gardens. Low water levels at two of the lakes at Wanstead Park have been a concern for some months.

Please see our water levels update for a full statement on the current situation. This statement was last updated on 28 June 2017.

Oak Processionary Moth

The oak processionary moth is a pest which has established itself in oak trees in parts of the UK, including Epping Forest. It can cause severe skin rashes and other health problems in people and animals, so we advise visitors to learn how to recognise and report them.

See our Oak Processionary Moth page for more information.

Forest works and maintenance

You may want to plan your visit to Epping Forest around any maintenance work we're conducting. Typical tasks include clearing, grass cutting and bridleway or path maintenance.

Week commencing Monday 16 April

  • Forest wide: tree safety work, highway and verge tree works, surfaced ride maintenance, drainage works and woodchip removal
  • Bury Road car park: construction compound in place
  • Claypit Hill car park: closed until further notice
  • High Beach easy access trail: closed for maintenance work
  • Railway Field: closed to public access
  • The Temple: closed for maintenance until further notice
  • The Warren: picket fencing at entrance
  • Woodford Cricket Ground: pollarding work

Upcoming volunteer tasks

  • Tuesday 10 April at Swaines Green: conservation work with the Epping Forest Conservation Volunteers
  • Thursday 19 April at Hangboy Slade: thinning and coppicing with the Epping Forest Heritage Trust
  • Friday 20 April at Sunshine Plain: birch removal with the Epping Forest Heritage Trust
  • Sunday 22 April at Gas Ride: conservation work with the Epping Forest Conservation Volunteers

Note: Some other works may be reactive in nature, and not scheduled. We apologise for any inconvenience these works may cause. For further information, please contact us.

Cattle grazing

Our cows are tucked up until the weather warms up, but you can find out more about them on our cattle grazing page in the meantime.

13 March 2012
Last Modified:
16 April 2018