Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
Here are the answers to questions we regularly get asked, click on the + sign to the right of the question to get more information.
Why would I become a member
As a member of EFHT you will be helping to protect the historic Epping Forest. You will receive three newsletters each year with details of events and activities in the Forest, Forest history snippets, Forest news, along with updates on current issues/proposals potentially affecting the Forest. Click here to join us, from as little as £25 for a family.
How do I become a member?
Becoming a member is quick, easy and inexpensive. As a member you’ll be helping to protect this historic Forest. All you need to do is call us or email us. Click here for more details
How can I make a donation?
As a local charity, we rely on the generosity of people like you to enable us to protect the Forest and engage with people to help them learn about, appreciate and come to value the Forest. Click here for more details about donations
Do you have guided walks?
Yes, we have a regular guided walk programme that you are welcome to join in with. The walks are suitable for adults and children, we have other events for families with younger children. You can see the walks programme by clicking here.
What's the difference between you and other organisations involved with Epping Forest?
There are a large number of local groups, charities and user interest groups (e.g. horse riding) involved with Epping Forest. Epping Forest Heritage Trust is the only one who specifically contributes a Forest-wide view to local issues and opportunities.
The City of London, as Conservators, are responsible for managing Epping Forest, along with the adjoining ‘buffer’ land; including Copped Hall, Warlies and Woodredon.
How can I help the Forest?
You can personally help the Forest by being ‘forest friendly’; taking your litter home, treading lightly on the Forest (leave only footprints, take only pictures). You could also become actively involved with the Trust or other organisations in the Forest.
What are the threats to the Forest?
Threats to the Forest include the impact of increasing development around the Forest, climate change and human pressure from activities.
Tell me about the history of the Forest
Epping Forest is the largest open space in the London area at just over 6,000 acres, stretching from Manor Park in East London to just north of Epping in Essex. It’s a magnificent resource for people and wildlife, allowing visitors to explore the open grasslands, majestic beech woodlands look deep into its ponds and listen to the birds, just a few miles from central London.
Entrusted to the City of London as Conservators by the Epping Forest Act of 1878, to maintain its natural aspect, the Forest was dedicated by Queen Victoria ‘for the enjoyment of my people for ever’. Click here to read more about the Forest