Play in Epping Forest 

May 22nd 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
Play in Epping Forest 

The fantastic thing about living in Chigwell, Woodford or Loughton is how easy it is to get to play in Epping Forest. Epping Forest District Council also has an award-winning Countryside Management Service who makes all kinds of adventures possible. 

For half term week there is Play in the Forest on Wednesday 30 May for all ages from 10 am – 12 pm at The Stubbles, Nursery Road, Loughton, IG10 4DZ. There is a £3 charge but you can drop in at any time and there is no need to book. But parental supervision is required.

Play in the Forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest. For the Whitsun half term, there will be a bit of a Spring them to the activities. There will be some bug hunting, some den building and a live storytelling session as well as a host of other Spring related activities. 

The Epping Forest Countryside Management Service is also a key resource for advice, information and practical assistance on the countryside, nature conservation and wildlife law. They undertake a wide variety of community-based activities and coordinates a regular programme of practical conservation work. From coppicing trees to planting new ones, from dredging ponds to creating new ones, from planting a hedge to laying it, building countryside furniture, path maintenance and habitat creation.
Countrycare enables children to discover the countryside and learn about their environment and holds regular events to help raise awareness and inform the community. Because of this, they have twice been awarded Living Landscapes awards by the Essex Wildlife Trust which reflects how the Service is ‘good for wildlife, good for people and the community and good for the local economy’. 

Please note say the organisers: ‘Play in the Forest’ sessions are provided as play opportunities for children and not as childcare. All children may come and go as they please. Staff are not obligated to prevent any children from leaving the sessions.