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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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Plans for Wanstead Flats festival postponed

Plans for a 3-day music concert on Wanstead Flats, originally proposed for 2019 have been postponed until 2020 to allow further time for planning and approval of the event. The organisers are now proposing an event for September 2020 which would take place over one weekend.

The revised date provides more time for concerns that have been raised to be addressed and for further consultation to take place.  Therefore, the organiser’s proposal will not be presented to the Epping Forest and Commons Committee at its meeting of 19 November 2018 as previously advised and will now be considered by the Epping Forest and Commons Committee during 2019.

Low water levels in Wanstead Park

Water levels in Wanstead Park continue to be an ongoing concern. Substantial works undertaken in 2017 helped these problems significantly, but the summer heat this year has exacerbated the issue again. We're hopeful that conditions at the ponds begin to will improve now that temperatures are returning to normal, and plans are being developed to address these issues more fully in the longer term.

For a full update on this issue, see our water levels update, written in August 2018.

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 19 February

  • Forest wide: tree safety work, woodpasture maintenance surveying, tree defect work, bramble cutting at car parks, horse ride cutting and council tree inspections
  • Bury Road: grass cutting
  • Claypit Hill car park: closed until further notice
  • Gilbert's Slade: woodpasture restoration
  • Leyton Flats: woodpasture restoration and mulching works
  • Lower Roding: river defence survey
  • Railway Field: closed to public access
  • Wanstead Flats: mulching works
  • Warren Plantation: larch felling

Upcoming volunteer tasks

  • Tuesday 19 February: meeting at Humphry's café with the Highams Park Snedders
  • Thursday 21 February: birch coppicing at Hangboy Slade with the Epping Forest Heritage Trust
  • Friday 22 February: birch removal at Rushey Plain with the Epping Forest Heritage Trust

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 for winter now, but will be back on the Forest in Spring. In the meantime, find out more about our grazing programme on our cattle grazing page.

13 March 2012
Last Modified:
19 February 2019