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Prince Harry visits Epping Forest

Prince Harry speaks with school children on a royal visit to dedicate Epping Forest to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy.

The City of London Corporation was delighted to welcome His Royal Highness, Prince Harry, to Epping Forest on 15 March. The Prince visited to officially dedicate Epping Forest to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC).

The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy

The QCC was launched in 2015 and was designed to create a network of forest conservation initiatives throughout the 52 nations of the Commonwealth. The aim of the project is to raise awareness of the value of forests and to save them for future generations. Also it will create a unique network of forest conservation projects that will enable the global sharing of best practice and collaborative initiatives. 

Find out more about Epping Forest and the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy

The Royal Visit

Prince Harry’s visit commenced at Barn Hoppitt in Chingford, an important habitat and Site of Special Scientific Interest. The Prince met Lucky and Ragamuffin, two of Epping Forest’s longhorn cows. The gazing cattle maintain the vital wood pasture habitat. He met Epping Forest’s conservation team who manage and protect the Forest’s significant veteran trees.

The Prince talked with Forest Keeper Sam Hobbs, a former paratrooper who served nine years prior to being injured in 2012. Sam’s postion, as well as his studies in countryside and wildlife management, is funded by Help for Heroes as part of their Transition from the Armed Forces programme.

His Highness then visited school groups at High Beach who were enjoying outdoor education activities. He met the ‘Happy Loppers’, a special educational needs group who work on conservation tasks throughout the Forest.

Prince Harry planted an oak on Queen’s Green, High Beach before having a group photograph taken.

The City of London Corporation are very proud that Epping Forest is included in the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. It looks forward to working with forests around the Commonwealth to protect the heritage and biodiversity of unique woodlands around the world.

16 March 2017
Last Modified:
29 September 2017