Who we are

We are a charity and a membership organisation with a big mission to inspire people about Epping Forest, and to conserve and protect its irreplaceable biodiversity, culture and heritage now and for generations to come. We operate across the whole of Epping Forest, covering 6,000 acres stretching from Manor Park in East London to Epping in Essex.

Epping Forest is for everyone to love. Our work is to stand up for this wonderful ancient Forest and inspire everyone to do the same. We have regular guided walk programmes to help you get to know Epping Forest, and we operate the Epping Forest Visitor Centre at High Beach on behalf of City of London Corporation (the Conservators). We also help to increase the biodiversity of the Forest through hands-on conservation work, campaigns to raise awareness of the Forest and advocate at planning enquiries to ensure it does not suffer direct damage from more development, traffic or pollution.

What we do

A group of walkers walking on a forest path

Inspire & educate people about Epping Forest

Guided walks, talk series or chatting with our volunteers at the Epping Forest Visitor Centre at High Beach, which we operate on behalf of City of London Corporation. Join us to learn, appreciate and celebrate this wonderful ancient Forest

tree cutting sign against a big tree background in the forest

Extending our conservation activities

We are in the process of expanding our conservation activities in the Forest, including putting on women-only sessions. Join our pilot sessions to carry out hands-on conservation work in Epping Forest. Everyone is welcome!

Love Epping Forest awareness campaign

Protect Epping Forest through research & advocacy work

We advocate on behalf of the Forest, engage the public and work with partners and stakeholders in relation to public policy concerning the Forest, including local planning and sustainable transport.

Become a member

There is no better way to support us than by becoming a member. Let’s amplify the voice of Epping Forest!

Together, we can be a vital voice to conserve, protect and celebrate Epping Forest’s biodiversity, heritage and culture, so that it can be enjoyed responsibly now and for generations to come.

Whether you choose to join us as a single or joint member, your voice matters!

Read our blogs

Shopping at Tesco in Chingford or Highams Park? Vote for us!

Shopping at Tesco in Chingford or Highams Park? Vote for us!

We are hoping for a cash boost from the Tesco Stronger Starts scheme to support our new initiative to develop an Epping Forest Walks App. We are shortlisted in the customer vote in the Chingford and Highams Park areas. Vote for us between mid-January to the end of March.

Climate change and ancient trees

Climate change and ancient trees

Patricia Moxey, naturalist, ecologist and EFHT Trustee shares her knowledge about Epping Forest and the potential threats it is facing in the context of climate change. This article was first published in our Autumn/Winter 2023 issue of ‘Trust in the Forest’ members’ magazine. 

Deers in Epping Forest