The Friends want Epping Forest to be a natural environment rich in wildlife,
available and increasingly appreciated, used and understood by the public.
Our main aims are:
(i) to support the preservation of Epping Forest as an open space
for recreation and to preserve its natural aspect;
to further the understanding, appreciation, enjoyment and use of the Forest.
Our activities include responding to the many consultation documents that affect the Forest, emanating from central,
regional and local government and to strategies and plans developed by the City of London who manage Epping Forest.
We also run a programme of guided walks including the annual Epping Forest Centenary Walk
and we produce publications about the Forest.
The Friends have also been operating the Epping Forest Visitor Centre at High Beach on behalf of the Conservators
since April 2014. See news item for opening times.
Increasingly we are working with local groups around the Forest,
to support their activities and to contribute a Forest-wide view to local issues and opportunities.
We are a membership organisation funded by voluntary subscriptions and donations and run entirely by volunteers. The Friends
was established in 1968, initially in response to the various pressures on the Forest and now we contribute
more widely to the Forest. We are a registered charity (299970).
We believe that Epping Forest is an important and special place and are committed to support its future. We work closely
with the City of London sharing our views and supporting key activities.
There is a Management Committee, consisting of the Trustees of the Charity, who are supported by many volunteers
Current membership is now nearing 1,300 households. We are working to become more influential
and respected, with an increasingly large and diverse membership.
The Friends of Epping Forest
2014/15 Annual Report