Epping Forest Conservation Volunteers

Celebrating 40 years of conservation work in Epping Forest.

Task Programme February to May 2018

Please read the Information For Volunteers page before coming along to a task.

Task sites are subject to change as we are sometimes asked to undertake high priority work at short notice. Anyone going straight to the task site should check with the task leader.

  • Sunday,4th February — Gernon Bushes
    This is our regular annual visit to this Essex Wildlife Trust reserve where we will once again be removing birch and holly.
    Parking: Garnon Mead, Coopersale.
    Grid Ref: TL478031

  • Tuesday,13th February — Long Running
    We will be removing small birch that is encroaching across the heathland.
    Parking:Jack's Hill CP, (left side).
    Grid Ref: TQ436996

  • Sunday,18th February – Long Running
    Details and parking as previous task.

  • Sunday,25th February — Fairmead Bottom
    We will continue to remove small birch and scrub, coppicing aspen and willow.
    Parking:The Warren, Epping New Road.
    Grid Ref: TQ409957

  • Sunday,4th March — Deershelter Plain (Southern End)
    The intention is to thin young trees and potentially create new pollards.
    Parking: Broadstrood CP, Goldings Hill.
    Grid Ref: TQ429986

  • Tuesday,13th March — Cuckoo Pits
    This involves the removal of small birch and other tree species encroaching the small patch of heather, together with those around the ponds.
    Parking:Green Ride via Catacombs Corner. Grid Ref: TQ409957
    Entry point is Lippitts Hill. Grid Ref: TQ409957

  • Sunday,18th March — Barn Hoppitt/River Ching
    We will be thinning young sapling trees as part of the wood pasture restoration plan for this site.
    Parking:Barn Hoppitt CP, Rangers Road.
    Grid Ref: TQ398947

  • Sunday,25th March — Barn Hoppitt/River Ching
    Details and parking as previous week.

  • Sunday,1st April — Deershelter Plain (Southern End)
    Parking: Broadstrood CP, Goldings Hill.
    Grid Ref: TQ429986

  • Tuesday,10th April– Swaines Green
    Continuing the habitat management plan.
    Parking:Coronation Hill (cul-de-sac), Epping.
    Grid Ref: TL456025

  • Sunday,15th April — Gas Ride
    We will be re-coppicing an area of sparse scrub as part of Project Nightingale.
    Parking:The Warren, Epping New Road.
    Grid Ref: TQ409957

  • Sunday,22nd April –Gas Ride
    Details and parking as previous week.

  • Sunday,29th April – Birch Hall Wood
    We will be continuing on from a previous task to remove small trees and build reptile habitat to help return the site to a more favourable condition for reptiles.
    Parking:On the track alongside the Deer Sanctuary off Coppice Row, Theydon Bois.
    Grid Ref: TQ440992

  • Sunday,6th May — Birch Hall Wood
    Details and parking as previous week.

  • Tuesday,15th May — Leyton Flats
    We will be removing small birch and other trees that are encroaching on the area of heather close to the law courts.
    Parking:Snaresbrook CP.
    Grid Ref: TQ397891

  • Sunday,20th May — Bury Wood/Grimston's Oak Ride
    Continuing with the wood pasture restoration plan, removing holly and thinning young hornbeam.
    Parking:The Warren, Epping New Road.
    Grid Ref: TQ409957

  • Sunday,27th May — Bury Wood/Grimston's Oak Ride
    Details and parking as previous week.

  • * The work featured in the majority of these tasks forms part of the City of London's Higher Level Stewardship wood pasture restoration plan.

    All information correct at time of publication (10 January 2018).