We believe everyone should be able to enjoy Epping Forest responsibly, contribute to its conservation, and everyone should be able to participate in our work.

Part of our work is to offer people or groups opportunities to take part in conservation and Forest awareness activities. See below for the various opportunities:

  • Clearing ponds
  • Clearing bracken and other invasive scrubs on Forest heathland
  • Thinning out Silver Birch and Sycamore in areas where these species have become too invasive stopping other species from establishing themselves
  • Clearing dense Holly growth to allow light to reach the Forest floor, helping to re-establish plant and animal life
  • Litter picking projects and events
  • Improving/rebuilding Forest trails, including the Forest’s easy access trails
  • Undertaking bird observation, insect hunts, tree identification, pond dipping activities

The Trust acts with the full cooperation and approval of the Conservators of Epping Forest. We employ qualified and experienced leaders, trained to work with groups engaging them in hands-on activities. Project staff are DBS checked and qualified first aiders.

Want to get stuck in? Join our Green Team

Green Team is one of our longest-running conservation programmes delivered by dedicated volunteers. We meet every Thursday to carry out practical habitat management in the Epping Forest, usually in the Loughton/Woodford/Chingford area. We are always pleased to see new volunteers!

Times are generally 9:00 am until 2:30 pm. Tools, training, and personal protective equipment are provided. Tasks may include scrub management, tree works, pond vegetation clearance, tools maintenance, and occasionally footpath improvements.

If you are interested in joining our Green Team, please leave your name and email address below, and we will send you the application forms. (You must be 18 or over.)

Special project: Happy Loppers

Happy Loppers is a hands-on conservation programme that we manage supporting and enabling people with special needs to contribute to the conservation of the Forest.

We meet every Friday and undertake practical habitat management work in Epping Forest. Most recently, they have been working close to Fairmead Road opening up the Forest, by clearing excessive growth of holly to encourage a wider range of ground flora to grow.

If you have someone or a group of people who might like to get involved in Happy Lopper, please email us at admin@efht.org.uk

Bespoke your group activities

We aim to encourage people of all ages and abilities to access Epping Forest by increasing awareness of the Forest and its unique character.
Benefits of outdoor activities include:

  • Learning new skills, building confidence, and connecting with nature
  • Learning about conservation and the value of Epping Forest
  • How to safely use a variety of tools
  • Improving personal fitness and wellbeing
  • Experience working in a team and socialising in the outdoors
  • Acquiring a fresh outlook on wild places like Epping Forest

We welcome new groups and are happy to work with you to put together a programme to meet your group’s needs. If you are interested in using our service, please email us at: admin@efht.org.uk