Epping Forest & Commons Committee Update: May 2022

by May 18, 2022Advocacy

The Epping Forest and Commons Committee is the City of London Corporation’s committee responsible for oversight of the management of Epping Forest. It meets every two months to make decisions about the Forest. All of the papers can be found here.

January 2022 Update

The Epping Forest & Commons Committee met for the first time since its March elections on 9th May, and elected Ben Murphy as its new Chair.

Congratulations Ben! Congratulations also to 3 new committee members: Prem Goyal, George Christopher Abrahams, and Jaspreet Hodgson. We look forward to working with you all in the months and years to come.

National Nature Reserve
The main agenda item of interest was a proposal by officers to express interest to Natural England for Epping Forest, and perhaps some of the surrounding Buffer Lands, to become a National Nature Reserve. The Committee approved this proposal.

Whilst we are keen to see the details of what becoming a National Nature Reserve might mean in practice, and we await further information on this, in principle, we believe this will be a further positive step forward to protect and preserve the Forest for generations to come.

Watch this space for more information in due course on the Forest becoming a National Nature Reserve.

More money for path maintenance
We were also pleased to see that the City of London Corporation has allocated an extra £250k of capital funding to Epping Forest for path maintenance work to help deal with some of the damage done to the Forest due to increased footfall over the pandemic and introduce some more hard surfaced paths.

Queens Green Canopy
You will no doubt have seen that the Forest has been chosen as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy to celebrate her Jubilee, and the City is undertaking a range of activities to celebrate this.

Car parking charges – some car parks will not have charging!
The Committee agreed the third stage in the introduction of car parking charges in and around the Forest. We were pleased to note, however, that they have listened to some of your and our feedback and that:

  • There will be no parking charges on 5 car parks : Epping Long Green Public ; St John’s Pond; Pick Hill (Upshire); Crown Hill (Upshire); and Fernhall Lane
  • The 6 hour maximum stay rule will not apply on 4 car parks: Powell’s Forest, Mount Pleasant, Wake Valley and Lodge Road.


Previous meeting updates:

You can follow the following links for a brief update of previous meetings: