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Date updated: 5/17/2022

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Things affecting your visit

There are a few bits of maintenance happening around the Forest this week which might affect your visit.

Maintenance

  • Forest wide:
    • tree safety works
    • grass cutting
    • path survey works
    • wood chipping works
    • timber extraction works
    • Oak Processionary Moth control works
  • Bury Road: wood chip collection
  • Gifford Wood: access improvement works
  • Goldings Hill: improvement works
  • Mays Lane: path cutting
  • Railway Field: currently closed to the public
  • Wanstead Park: netting in place at the Grotto

Volunteer tasks

  • Tuesday 10 May, leaky dam building and tree thinning at Wake Valley Bog with the Epping Forest Conservation Volunteers

Cattle grazing locations

Our longhorn cattle are now starting to graze on the Forest again! You can find them at:

What's happening in the Forest

Work continues on the ten year pollarding scheme, whereby we are pollarding 150 hornbeams. This is taking place primarily in the Bury Wood area, but there are similar, smaller operations at Hangboy Slade and Rushey Plain also. These works will help to stabilise these important ancient trees, increase their longevity and improve light levels reaching the woodland floor, allowing the development of ground flora, diverse habitat structures and increased biodiversity.

In Spring 2021, our first phase of charging came into effect, which included 14 major car parks.

The second phase of car park charging to the majority of the Forest's remaining car parks is scheduled for Autumn 2021. 

For more details, see our car parking page.

Read Epping Forest's Annual Review 2020-21, where we outline our purpose as a charitable organisation, our aims and objectives, and how we've progressed towards those in the last year.

Epping Forest is currently progressing plans to develop additional football facilities, including three new artificial grass pitches, at Wanstead Flats. A public consultation will be launched in due course, around winter this year.

Learn more on our football page.

The City of London Corporation is proposing a new strategy for managing the deer population of Epping Forest. You can read more about this on our management page.