Conservation and Forest Awareness

Conservation and Forest Awareness

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Epping Forest Heritage Trust works with groups of people of all ages and abilities, to learn about the Forest and develop new skills; often through undertaking habitat management work in Epping Forest.  Some groups may visit only once, whilst others may come for a series of visits over one or several months.

Tasks may include:

  • Clearing ponds.
  • Clearing bracken and other invasive scrub on Forest heathland.
  • Thinning out Silver Birch and Sycamore in areas where these species have become too invasive stopping other species from establishing themselves
  • Clearing dense Holly growth to allow light to reach the Forest floor, helping to re-establish plant and animal life
  • Litter picking projects and events
  • Improving/rebuilding Forest trails, including the Forest’s easy access trails
  • Undertaking bird observation, insect hunts, tree identification, pond dipping activities


Benefits of outdoor activities include:

  • Learning new skills, build confidence and explore the Forest wildlife
  • Learn about conservation and value Epping Forest
  • How to safely use a variety of tools
  • Improve personal fitness and wellbeing
  • Experience working in a team and socialising in the outdoors
  • Groups, especially those from urban communities, can acquire a fresh outlook on wild places like Epping Forest
  • PPE (personal protection equipment) and tools are provided by the Trust.

If you think that you have a group which could also benefit from this kind of experience, please contact us here.

For information on joining one of our volunteer groups undertaking work in the Forest, please look at our Volunteer page.