Welcome to the Epping Forest Forum

Car parks

Following the release of lockdown restrictions some double gated car parks are being re-opened from Thursday 14th May

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Refreshments

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak refreshment establishments have varied opeing times and some remain closed

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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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5900

Acres of ancient woodland

4270

Acres of Special scientific  and conservation interest

Over 100

Lakes and ponds

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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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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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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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.