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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.

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.

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 18 June

  • Forest wide: tree safety work, fire-break grass cutting, reservoir maintenance and woodchip removal
  • Arewater Green: tree safety work
  • Bury Road car park: construction compound in place
  • Claypit Hill car park: closed until further notice
  • Coopersale: grass cutting
  • Mill Plain: bollard installation
  • North Farm: pollarding work
  • Queen's Green: grass cutting
  • Railway Field: closed to public access
  • The Temple: closed for maintenance until further notice
  • Wanstead Flats: pennywort control works
  • Wanstead Park: grass cutting
  • Warren Plantation: rhododendron spraying
  • Whipps Cross: grass cutting

Upcoming volunteer tasks

  • Thursday 21 June at Hangboy Slade: conservation work with the Epping Forest Heritage Trust
  • Friday 22 June at Rushey Plain: conservation work 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 back on the Forest to graze! Find out where on our cattle grazing page.

13 March 2012
Last Modified:
21 June 2018