Will you help break down barriers to visiting Epping Forest, and inspire people to come together to love and protect it?
We are excited to be selected as part of the ‘Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund’ project, and we need your help!
With the ‘Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund’, we can receive 2:1 match funding. This means for every £10 you give to us, the Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund will give us £20! Tripling your generosity for the benefit of the Forest.
We have 6 weeks to reach the overall campaign target of £10,000. This will enable us to research and reach out to diverse communities around the Forest, discuss with them the obstacles that they face, and work with them to create and deliver activities that best engage different communities in the Forest.Through working together with these communities we will show that the Forest can be a welcoming space for everyone, and that is it a precious space that we can love and protect together.
Let’s create a thriving Forest, rich in biodiversity, heritage, and culture; enjoyed and conserved by all, now and for generations to come!
Epping Forest is for everyone to love
We all love Epping Forest: its incredible ancient trees, its diverse mosaic of habitat, and its rich culture and heritage landscapes.
And the reason Epping Forest is such a precious and irreplaceable place is because of people’s involvement with the Forest over the ages: from ancient lopping practices that extended the life of the trees; to East Londoners, local activists, politicians and social reformers coming together to fight enclosure in the late Victorian era.
And we believe that bringing people together in the Forest is even more important today: everyone should be able to visit and enjoy the Forest; everyone should be able to contribute to its conservation.
Now is the time to celebrate and embrace the diverse heritage, and future, of the Forest, so that both people and nature can thrive.
The problem: what we are fighting to address
Evidence shows that time spent in nature improves mental health and well-being. This leads to increased nature-connectedness and subsequently pro-environmental attitudes and behaviours.
However, not everyone is equally able to visit the Forest. Polling we undertook with Waltham Forest Council showed that women and people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds do not visit Epping Forest as much as white people; and people with lower incomes do not visit the Forest as much as people who are more affluent.
This means that many people in our local communities and neighbourhoods are missing out on the joys of visiting the Forest, and missing out on the benefits that brings.
At the same time, Epping Forest is facing its gravest challenges in a generation: air pollution, loss of biodiversity, significant adjacent development and climate change.
The Forest desperately needs everyone in the community to come together to help protect it. Every gift will make a difference.
The solution: Love Epping Forest Together
“No one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced!” — Sir David Attenborough
We want to enable as many people as possible from communities around the Forest to visit Epping Forest, get inspired by it, love it, and work to protect it as much as we do.
We will reach out and engage with people and communities who do not currently visit Epping Forest, understand the obstacles they face and work with them to create and organise appropriate Forest activities: whether it’s a biodiversity-focused guided walk, litter picking, a family picnic, a long hike or a hands-on conservation day.
And we need your help to do this: will you help inspire people to come together to love and protect Epping Forest?
Triple your impact!
We are thrilled to have been selected to be part of Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund. They will triple every single donation we receive over the next 6 weeks.*
- For every £10 donation, the Save Our Wild Isles Funds will give us a further £20! Meaning we will receive £30.
- For every £100 donation, they will give us £200. Meaning we will receive £300.
- For every £250 donation, they will give us £500. Meaning we will receive £750.
The campaign is live now. We have 6 weeks to reach our overall target of £10,000. Please help break down barriers to visiting Epping Forest, and inspire people to come together to love and protect it. Large or small, every gift will make a difference.
Help breakdown barriers to visiting Epping Forest and inspire people come together to love and protect it!
Together, let’s create a thriving Forest, rich in biodiversity, heritage, and culture; enjoyed and conserved by all, now and for generations to come!