Our Green Team has been running since 1982. It is one of our longest-running conservation programmes, delivered by dedicated volunteers. We meet every Thursday to carry out practical habitat management in Epping Forest, usually in the Loughton/Woodford/Chingford area. We are always pleased to see new volunteers!

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

We are part of TCV, the Conservation Volunteers.

Two people in high vis and protective helmet in a forest setting cutting down holly

Who is this for?

  • Always been interested in nature and would like to have a go at practical habitat management activities?
  • Have volunteer days at work and would like to make a positive impact on the environment?
  • Love the outdoors and would like to improve your health and well-being in this wonderful ancient Forest?

We welcome people from all backgrounds and walks of life to join us! The sessions will be led by our Conservation Officer with full approval and support from City of London Corporation. We tend to work in smaller areas where a sensitive and delicate approach is essential. Whether it is your first time or you are more experienced, join us and make an impact to conserve Epping Forest and its biodiversity.

Over 18 only. 


How to join?

To join us, please follow the link here and apply online. Our Conservation Officer will get in touch with you to arrange a suitable date for you to come for a trial session. We will provide you with tools and protective equipment. Training will be provided on the day.

Once you are enrolled, there is no need to book before each session. You can simply meet us at the meeting point on the day to join the session.

Latest Green Team Dates:

We currently only have Green Team sessions on Thursdays. We are in the process of expanding these sessions to other days of the week. Please watch this space!

Here are the dates for Winter/Spring 2024:

  • January 11th 
  • January 18th 
  • January 25th
  • February 1st
  • February 8th
  • February 15th
  • No session on February 22nd
  • February 29th
  • March 7th
  • March 14th
  • March 21st
  • March 28th

Please note that there is no session on Thursday February 22nd. 

Please come suitably dressed and do not forget to bring your lunch/snack.


We are expanding our conservation activities & new dates are added!

Thanks to City Bridge Foundation, we are in the process of expanding our conservation activities in the Forest, including putting on women’s only sessions. We welcome people from all backgrounds and walks of life to join us! The sessions will be led by our Conservation Officer, Robyn, with full approval and support from the City of London Corporation.

2024 Winter/Spring Sessions Dates:

  • Friday 12th January
  • Friday 19th January
  • Wednesday 24th January
  • Saturday 27th January (women*)
  • Friday 9th February
  • Wednesday14th February
  • Friday 23rd February
  • Saturday 24th February (women*)
  • Wednesday 28th February
  • Friday 1st March
  • Friday 8th March
  • Saturday 30th March (women*)

*For women, non-binary and trans people. Join us for a day of Conservation work in Epping Forest alongside our EFHT Team.

To find out more about the new dates and registration details, please visit here. 

A group of volunteers in various age and background smiling at the camera in forest setting