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Epping Forest: Visitors urged to help protect native bluebells

  • March 31, 2024
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Epping Forest: Visitors urged to help protect native bluebells

Visitors to Epping Forest are being asked not to pick or trample on native English bluebells in order to protect and preserve these precious wildflowers for future generations to enjoy.

For just a few brief weeks each spring, Chalet Wood in Wanstead Park – which is managed by the City of London Corporation as a registered charity – is transformed by a carpet of bluebells, attracting a growing number of visitors each year.

The UK is home to almost half of the world’s bluebells, which are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is against the law to intentionally pick, uproot or destroy bluebells.

Epping Forest stretches from Manor Park in the south, through to Epping in the north, covers an area of around 8,000 acres, and attracts over 10 million visitors every year.

The Forest is of national and international conservation importance, containing two registered historic parks, eight listed buildings and four scheduled ancient monuments. It is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation and one of the few remaining extensive natural woodlands in southern England.

The City Corporation protects 11,000 acres of green space across the Square Mile and south east England, investing more than £38m a year. Most of these sites are charitable trusts and run at little or no cost to the communities that they serve.

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