Gifford Wood Appeal
The Appeal will fund the planting of 4,500 trees on a thirty acre site recently acquired by the City of London. This will extend Epping Forest and will be planted mainly with native oak and hornbeam, to reflect the mix of trees in this ancient forest. Epping forest has 50,000 veteran trees, far more than any other UK site, and is one of the most important sites in Europe. The project will also provide an opportunity to plant some pioneer species more tolerant of projected changes in climate, and potentially create a seed bank to secure these species for the future. ‘Future proofing’ will not only safeguard habitats for the diverse species in Epping Forest’s woodland, but will provide valuable insight for those visiting ‘The View’, Epping Forest’s newly opened visitor centre, into the need for planning ahead to conserve our countryside heritage.
For more information about Epping Forest and the Gifford Wood Appeal please visit www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/eppingforest