Conservation / Team building activities in Epping Forest

Epping Forest is the largest green space in London with over 55,000 veteran pollarded trees in over 6,000 acres of ancient woodland pasture.  

We offer conservation sessions/team-building days that are designed around protecting this ancient woodland. Working alongside our dedicated conservation staff you will carry out hands-on conservation work.  

We work to inspire, educate and protect this ancient woodland for the enjoyment of generations to come, and your help will directly allow this to happen. 

Expect to –  

  • Learn about Epping Forest, its trees, heritage and ecology 
  • Learn how to use tools safety, like bow saws, bill hooks and loppers 
  • Learn conservation techniques, skills and practices 
  • Connect with the ancient woodland and its history 
  • Feel that you have physically accomplished something for the benefit of the Forest 
  • Work together to tackle and fell invasive trees and shrubs. 


alfa financial software team hands-on conservation at Epping Forest

Alfa Financial Software team’s hands-on conservation session in Epping Forest

Jobs may include – 

  • Coppicing and pollarding young trees 
  • Cutting down young competing trees like Silver Birch and shrubs like Holly that are shading the Forest floor 
  • Creating habitat piles for invertebrates, reptiles and fungi to thrive.  
  • ‘Haloing’ ancient pollards and release them from shade. 
  • Creating safe paths for Forest visitors 
  • Clearing ponds of unwanted plants and foliage. 

What to bring on the day

We will supply you with all the safety equipment you need including Hi-Vis, hardhats and gloves as well as the equipment you will need to undertake the activity. 

You need to: 

  • Wear old clothes that you are happy to get dirty  
  • Wear clothes that fully cover your body so as not to get scratched  
  • Wear solid, fully covered shoes to protect your feet 
  • Bring appropriate weatherproof clothes, waterproofs and hats, in case the weather is bad.  
  • Bring water! At least a litre. Conservation activities can be thirsty work! 
  • Come with lunch and snacks for yourself. We will not necessarily be working near shops or cafes.

 Get in touch

if you are looking for a fun, outdoor, team volunteering opportunity, and want to help conserve this fantastic ancient Forest, please get in touch with us at: 


It was fantastic volunteering with the Epping Forest Heritage Trust. Not only was it a great chance to spend some time in nature, but the team at EFHT were extremely friendly and informative throughout the day. We had a good briefing which made us comfortable in carrying out all the activities, and the volunteer leader taught us a lot about trees and the nature in Epping Forest. The volunteering day out ws also a great bonding experience for our team and we would love to do it again soon!

Harshil Shah

Senoir Communications & Campaigns Officer, Waltham Forest Council

We had such a good afternoon in the forest – on behalf of the group we’d just like to say thanks for guiding us through the afternoon – we will definitely look to organise more sessions in the future!


Alfa Financial Service

Further details

As we are a small charity we ask for a small contribution towards our staff costs, planning, equipment, fuel, insurances. 

  • For a full day (10am-4pm) we ask for £50/person with a minimum contribution of £500 (10 people).   
  • For a half day (10-1.30) we ask for £35/person with a minimum contribution of £350 (10 people) morning or afternoon. 


Invoices need to be paid 15 days before the confirmed date or by the date stated on the invoice.  Once the number of people attending has been confirmed we cannot accept a reduction price but may be able to accommodate a larger number of people. 

Cancellation Policy  

  • In the event that a confirmed booking is cancelled 30 days or more before the date a full refund will be made, less an £100 administration fee for processing the booking and other costs.  
  • If a confirmed booking in cancelled within 30 days of the date a refund will not be possible, but we may be able to find an alternative date that works for you.  
  • Notifications of cancellations should be made in writing to and will be effective on the date received.  
  • Epping Forest Heritage Trust reserves the right to cancel the booking if it deems the weather unsuitable for conservation activities – for example in the case of extreme winds, rain or snow, or if matters come to light about the booking which might damage the reputation of EFHT to proceed with the event.