Happy Loppers

12 members of the Happy Loppers team, adults with learning difficulties, have continued through the autumn and winter undertaking habitat management work in Epping Forest.

Most recently, they have been working in Bury Wood along the Cuckoo Brook. They have been opening up the Forest, by clearing young holly to encourage a wider range of ground flora to grow.


David Green and Nigel Baldwin accepting their medals from the
Chairman, Alderman Gordon Haines


David Green and Nigel Baldwin were pleased to receive a Gold Medal Award from the City of London for their work in the Forest for well over 15 years. During that time I suspect they have clocked up over 2,000  hours of volunteer support for the City. Volunteers Alan Bailey and Alan Munt also received Gold Awards.

In addition, Graham Cox has received a Silver Medal  and Sam Capps and Kerrie Johnson have received Bronze Medals. Well done, David, Nigel and all other members of the team.




Epping Forest Scout Conservation Project

 In the middle week of August 2014, nearly 70 Explorer Scouts from all over England came to Epping Forest to get stuck in for the annual Scout Project. Staying at Fairmead  Campsite at High Beach, they carried out four projects in the Forest:

  • pond clearance work at Knighton Woods: 

  • opening up heathland in the north of the Forest  by removal of some of the smaller trees

  • scrub clearance in Bury Wood, Chingford:

  • began the resurfacing of the Easy Access Trail at High Beach. 

The Scouts certainly did make a difference, as you can see in the photographs below.







Epping Forest Centenary Trust coordinates the Project and is supported by the City of London and of course, the Scouts themselves.  www.explorerproject.co.uk

The Scout Project began in 1989, as part of the celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the Mayoralty of the City of London. That made 2014, the 26th Scout Project. Project gives the participants an opportunity to learn about working together, gain independence  and take real responsibility for the task in hand and develop leadership skills.






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