Epping Forest scoops Green Flag Award
Epping Forest has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award.
Green Flag Awards recognise the best open spaces in the UK and are awarded by a panel of expert judges for their top facilities and excellent use of green space.
The Forest has also received a Green Heritage Award in recognition of its historic features and the high standard of conservation.
It has continued to receive both the Green Flag Award and Green Heritage Award since 2003.
The Green Flag Awards Scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
The international award, now into its 22nd year, is a sign to the public that a green space is managed to the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply to achieve a Green Flag Award.
Philip Woodhouse, Chairman of the City Corporation’s Epping Forest and City Commons Committee, said:
“This award demonstrates our commitment to conserving and protecting Epping Forest for future generations.
“The Forest is an important part of the local community and to the many visitors we receive every year.
“This could not be achieved without the passion and dedication of staff and volunteers who help to manage the Forest.”
At 6,000 acres, Epping Forest is London and Essex’s largest green space, attracting around 4.5 million visits every year. It has over one million trees, some of which are up to 1,000 years old – including 50,000 ancient pollards of Beech, Hornbeam and Oak. The ancient woodland is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation. It contains two registered historic parks, seven listed buildings and three scheduled ancient monuments.
The City of London Corporation protects and conserves major green spaces in the Square Mile and across London and south east England – including two ancient woodlands. They include important wildlife habitats, sites of scientific interest and national nature reserves. They are protected from being built on by special legislation.
Carl Locsin, Media Officer, City of London Corporation
T 020 7332 3654 / M 07388 862 229
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The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk