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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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Maintenance at the Temple and Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Please note, the Temple is currently closed for urgent internal repairs.

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge will also be closed for routine maintenance from Monday 12 March to Monday 26 March.

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 19 February

  • Forest wide: tree safety work, tree surveying and woodchip removal
  • Almshouse Plain: woodpasture restoration
  • Barn Hoppitt: woodpasture restoration
  • Bury Road car park: construction compound in place
  • Bury Wood: surfaced horse ride trimming
  • Chingford Golf Course: bollard installation
  • Claypit Hill car park: closed until further notice
  • Clay Ride: woodpasture restoration
  • Fairmead: fencing works
  • Fairmead car park: closed for one week
  • Genesis Slade: surfaced horse ride trimming
  • High Beach easy access trail: closed for maintenance work
  • Jubilee Ride: closed for maintenance
  • Lincolns Lane car park: closed for repairs
  • Lords Bushes - woodpasture restoration
  • Railway Field: closed to public access
  • The Temple: closed for maintenance until further notice
  • The Warren: picket fencing at entrance
  • Warren Hill: woodpasture restoration
  • Woodford Cricket Ground: pollarding work 

Upcoming volunteer tasks

  • Tuesday 20 February at Highams Park: meeting with the Highams Park Snedders
  • Thursday 22 February at the Temple: practical work with The Wren Group
  • Thursday 22 February at Speakman's Pond: pond coppicing with the Epping Forest Centenary Trust
  • Friday 23 February at Furze Ground: birch control with the Epping Forest Centenary Trust
  • Sunday 25 February at Fairmead Bottom: birch removal with the Epping Forest Conservation Volunteers
  • Sunday 25 February at The Temple: turf wars talk with The Wren Group

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 in the warm until Spring now but you can find out more about them on our cattle grazing page in the meantime.

13 March 2012
Last Modified:
15 February 2018