Agenda for Nature – what can we do to stand up for trees, nature and Epping Forest

2.15pm, Saturday 14th October @ Forest School (E17)

lush tree with many branches with logos of Woodland Trust, WWF-UK and the Rayne Foundation

2024 is likely to be a year of elections – from local elections in Epping Forest District Council, to the London Mayoral election and a likely UK general election.

We are in the climate crisis, and the UK is one of the most nature depleted countries in the world. Nature protection and recovery must be made the top priority of the nation’s agenda.

We have brought together a panel of people to discuss the challenges that face nature and trees across the UK, as well as Epping Forest more specifically, alongside the opportunities that lie ahead to influence on behalf of nature. The case that must be made to protect and recover nature across the UK for the benefit of everyone. Join the debate.

Speakers include:

  • Bridget Fox, Regional External Affairs Officer, Woodland Trust
  • Crispin Truman OBE, Director of the Rayne Foundation, previous Chief executive of CPRE, the countryside charity and the Churches Conservation Trust
  • Kathryn Machin, Head of Community Engagement Campaigns, WWF-UK, involved in the development of the People’s Plan for Nature

Biodiversity loss, climate change and wellbeing – these challenges go hand in hand.

At the same time, nature has the potential to help us tackle these crucial issues of our time: it helps us tackle climate change by reducing temperatures and capturing carbon; it provides a vital amenity for people’s health and wellbeing as a space to walk, cycle, ride, relax and enjoy.

Being London’s biggest open space and a rare surviving piece ancient woodland, Epping Forest may hold clues to tackling these challenges. What can its historic wood-pasture tell us about symbiotic relationships? Can the protection of this ancient Forest set an example in the ‘development vs environment’ struggle? How we can create a place where both nature and people can thrive?

On the day:

  • 2.15 pm: Doors open
  • 2.30 pm: Public panel discussion
  • 3.30 pm: Break for refreshments

The following event is for EFHT members only:

    • 4.00 – 4.30 pm: Epping Forest Heritage Trust Annual General Meeting 2023
    • 4.30 pm: Refreshments
    • 5.00 pm: Close

More event details and booking information, please visit our Eventbrite page here

Part of Urban Tree Festival 2023

About Epping Forest Talks

‘Epping Forest Talks’ is a series of talk programmes that we are hosting throughout the year to celebrate Epping Forest’s heritage, culture, and environmental importance. We aim to host each talk in different venues in and around the Forest, to celebrate the diverse landscape and rich history of this wonderful ancient Forest.

Thanks to all those people who contributed to the Ken Hoy Memorial Fund. Ken Hoy was a previous Chair of the Epping Forest Heritage Trust, long-term Head of Suntrap, now known as The Hive, and author of Getting to know Epping Forest. The fund established in his name was set up to support lectures such as this.





Discover our previous talks

Three speakers sitting in front of a group of people with a screen showing presentation

Does Epping Forest need saving again?

Our first talk was held on 17th May 2022 at Vestry House Museum during Urban Tree Festival. Nearly 50 people attended the discussion with Mark Gorman and Patricia Moxey as keynote speakers.

Epping forest visitor centre high beach

Tony Juniper CBE: Epping Forest and its place in the future of nature conservation in England

We were delighted that Tony Juniper CBE, Chair of Natural England, was our guest speaker ahead of our AGM on Saturday 8th October at Lopping Hall, Loughton.