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Water levels in Wanstead Park

The City of London own 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.

Health concerns, warnings and tree diseases

There are currently some public health concerns and tree diseases present in Epping Forest which visitors should be aware of.

Ticks and Lyme Disease

Ticks are especially active this summer and are a health hazard to people and pets. See our advice on ticks for information on avoiding and treating ticks and Lyme Disease.

Oak Processionary Moth nests

Spraying to destroy two Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) nests found at Hollow Pond began on 8 June. For more information, read our news release and our dedicated Oak Processionary Moth page.

Blue-green algae at Wanstead Park

Blue Green Algae has been confirmed as present in Perch Pond in Wanstead Park.

Please do not go in the water or allow your dogs to go into the water at Perch Pond.

Contact your doctor or vet immediately if you or your dogs become unwell following exposure to the lake’s water. The Environment Agency is monitoring the condition of the water and this warning will remain in place at least until colder weather commences, after which the algal bloom would be expected to reduce to safe levels or die out.

Phytophthora ramorum

Regular tree health surveys have identified ramorum disease at its very earliest stage in rhododendron bushes in Epping Forest. The outbreak has been found at the Warren plantation in the north of the Forest near to Waltham Abbey. For more information, please see our ramorum disease page.

Ash dieback

This new disease, caused by a fungus, which was confirmed in the UK in February 2012. We have been actively monitoring groups of ash since and, finally, in June 2016, a sufficient suite of symptoms was observed in at least two areas to confirm the presence of ash dieback. This will have implications for the Forest for years to come. To find out more, please visit our ash dieback page.

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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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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 September

  • Forest wide - tree safety works, woodpasture flailing, hedge cutting and grass cutting
  • Buffer lands - grass and haylage cutting
  • Debden Slade - woodpasture restoration
  • Harrow Road car park - overflow parking for Buxton School
  • Hill Wood - woodpasture restoration
  • Walthamstow Forest - woodpasture restoration
  • Whitehouse Plain - woodland clearance around bridge

Upcoming volunteer tasks

  • Wednesday 20 September, Warren Hill (Epping Forest Centenary Trust)
  • Thursday 21 September, Paul's Nursery (Epping Forest Centenary Trust)
  • Friday 21 September , Paul's Nursery (Epping Forest Centenary Trust)
  • Sunday 24 September, Gas Ride (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 grazing on the Forest again! See our cattle grazing page to find out where they are this week.

Funding for school visits

If you're a teacher and are looking to plan a school visit you may be able to apply to the City of London School Visits Fund for a grant of up to £300 to help with costs for visiting selected green spaces. Learn more at the School Visits Fund website

13 March 2012
Last Modified:
23 September 2017