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
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.
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.
Acres of ancient woodland
Acres of Special scientific and conservation interest
Lakes and ponds
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 themcontinue reading
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.
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 deerLEARN MORE
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.