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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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Conservation work at Lords Bushes

Starting in September, contractors will be undertaking some conservation work in Lord's Bushes. 

Learn more.

Meet Epping Forest's new artist-in-residence

We are pleased to announce that local violinist/composer, Ellie Wilson, will be artist-in-residence at Epping Forest throughout 2019. Ellie is a member of ‘Britain’s most exciting new folk band’ (Uncut Magazine) and 4-time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees, Stick In The Wheel and we are excited to be working a nationally and internationally-renowned musician and composer on this new Epping Forest-inspired project, Echoes.

Find out more.

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 9 December

  • Forest wide: tree safety work, tree defect work, tree surveying, woodpasture flailing, grass cutting, and cattle grazing site maintenance
  • Claypit Hill car park: closed until further notice
  • Forest Glade: tree safety work
  • Railway Field: closed to public access
  • Wanstead Park: path cutting

Upcoming volunteer tasks

  • Tuesday 10 December: conservation work at Bury Wood with the Epping Forest Conservation Volunteers
  • Thursday 12 December: coppicing works in Hangboy Slade with the Epping Forest Heritage Trust
  • Sunday 15 December: conservation work at Strawberry Hill Pond 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 email us.

Cattle grazing

Our Longhorn cattle are currently tucked up in their barns for winter, but will be back on the Forest next spring. Learn more about our cows.

13 March 2012
Last Modified:
09 December 2019