Epping Forest Centenary 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.   Some groups have worked towards the successful completion of a John Muir Award.  http://www.jmt.org/jmaward-home.asp

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
  • 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:

  • Groups learn new skills and how to safely use a variety of tools
  • Groups become aware of their role in the conservation of Epping Forest
  • Groups can benefit from working in a team
  • 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.
Little Heath School

Little Heath School has students with learning difficulties and other disabilities.  Little Heath groups come weekly over a full term and through the outdoor environment learn new skills, build confidence and explore the Forest wildlife. 

Currently a number of the participants are working towards the John Muir Award.

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

For information on other groups, please look at the Special Projects section, where there are details of the Happy Loppers and of the Epping Forest Scout Conservation Project.






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