Welcome to the Epping Forest Forum

Car parking charges consultation 

Car parks

Car parks are currently free (but not for long)in Epping Forest however there are moves to change this. You can find a link to maps for car parks below

Car parks maps

Refreshments

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak refreshment establishments are doing their best to stay open. Please respect their Covid protocols

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Bye Laws

 An ancient forest once owned by the crown the forest has its own unique bye laws and is governed under the Epping Forest act…

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Wildlife

The forest is home to many various animals. From our famous deer to rare invertibrates these creatures all need your respect … 

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Fruits of the forest

Foraging is not allowed in Epping Forest and has become a big problem over recent years. The fungi, wild berries and fruit are part of the natural balance of the forest and should be left alone 


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Engaging with nature

You cant miss the abundance of wildlife in the forest. You only have to stop, look and listen and you will begin to see and hear the natural world going on around you.


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sports and recreation

The forest was dedicated to the people by Queen Victoria for sports and recreation and its a perfect surrounding however there are restrictions and limits to what you can and cant do. 


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Epping forest consultative committee 

View minutes and agendas

Deer

The forest is home to hundreds of wild deer that are protected by the Epping Forest act in the forest. Please remeber this when driving through roads in the  forest. Watch your speed and beware of deer

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Verderers of Epping Forest

Since the early 1100’s the title of verderer has been in extsitnce. The primary modern day roll of the verderer is to represent the commoners of the forest and the wider views of the general public to the Epping Forest open spaces and commons committee at the Guild Hall in the City of London. 
There are further duties such as sitting on liason panels between the various local authorities that borader the forest and meeting with special interest groups as well as sitting on the consulatative panel that meets with selected forest user group representatives. 

Verderer
Chapman 

Verderer for the north of the forest


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Verderer
Morris 

Verderer for the north of the forest


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Verderer
Munday

Verderer for the south of the forest


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Verderer
Kennedy

Verderer for the south of the forest


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City of London Epping forest & commons committee 

Browse meetings and agendas

5900

Acres of ancient woodland

4270

Acres of Special scientific  and conservation interest

Over 100

Lakes and ponds

Wildlife 

From flat open plains to steep wooded valleys the variation of wildlife and plants is incredible within the forest. Some of the wildlife is seasonal whilst others inhabit it all year round so whatever time of year you visit there will be something new to discover.

Cattle

One of the ancient commoner rights in Epping Forest is that of grazing cattle. until recently there were two breeds of cattle grazing, long horn and red poll. At the moment though only Long Horn are grazing on the forest. Please keep your dogs away from them

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Epping Forest

Planning a visit?

A few things to remember 

This is not a country park it is a wild open space and ancient woodland

You may be lucky enough to see some of the wild inhabitants of the forest, it is not a zoo, these are wild creatures in their natural environment if you have dogs with you please do not let them chase any wildlife

Maps

As you disconnect from daily life and reconnect with nature bear in mind you may not have a phone signal to rely on. Check out where you are going and if needs be take a map or download one first before setting out. What3words is a great app to download and when you start out map where you are to be able to find your way back.

Byelaws

The forest has its own unique byelaws, it’s your responsibility to check these out if you don’t know them. They are on this website, please also follow the basic countryside code.

Litter

Litter is a huge problem in all open spaces. Please try and take it home or if you can’t then please try and find a bin. Most car parks have bins provided.

Cycling

There are thousands of acres to cycle in but a few small areas that are protected and have no cycling rules in place. Loughton camps, Amesbury Banks, Loughton Brook, Sunshine plains and Wanstead park have no cycling rules in place  

Destination 

Check out the whole forest, it’s a large area and when you also include the buffer lands its huge, there are plenty of places to go rather than just heading to High Beach and other popular spots. Try exploring the wilder reaches if you are feeling adventurous. 

Access 

There are plenty of ways to access the forest, lots of nearby train stations and bus routes take you close to the forest boundaries. It’s really tempting to just jump in the car and drive but parking is limited and can be a problem at times. Be adventurous, walk or cycle, take a train or bus  if you possibly can to try and reduce car journeys and the impact that has.

Enjoy

This is a unique ancient woodland with many various types of landscape and habitats. Millions of people love it and we hope you will to. Make the forest a part of your life so many others and learn to appreciate its value to all of us. This is London’s lungs, absorbing up to 40% of London’s air pollution it’s working 24/7 365 days a year to clean up behind us!