One of the best things about living in Chigwell, Loughton and Woodford are that you are almost in Epping Forest despite having central London a short hop away. The Autumn trees of Epping Forest are fabulous. If you want to know more about the trees and plants in the forest on Wednesday 6 November - 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm there is a taster session called Autumn identification of trees and plants run from Epping Forest Visitor Centre at Chingford, Rangers Road, Chingford, London E4 7QH.
Running the taster session - Autumn identification of trees and plants is Cathy McLoughlin. She is an experienced Environmental Educator and Lloyd Park’s Community Gardener. This course is free and no booking is required. It is however for adults aged 19 years+ only. For this session, she invites you to join her on a relaxing walk to enjoy the beautiful autumnal colours of the Forest and learn the names of trees and plants as you wander.
At almost 6,000 acres Epping Forest is the largest public open space in the London area and the predominant tree species are pedunculate oak, European beech, European hornbeam and silver birch. In the woodland areas, the ground flora is very sparse due to the dense shade and deep leaf litter. In areas where light penetration is greater, purple moor grass, creeping soft-grass, soft rush, bracken, scattered ling and bramble are present.
It was once a working or pasture forest and this has had a great effect on its ecology particularly evident with the pollarded trees, which, as they have not been cut since the 19th century have now grown massive crowns of thick, trunk-like branches. Often the weight of the branches cannot be supported by the parent tree, and a large amount of deadwood in the forest sustains numerous rare species of fungi.
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