Hainault Forest Website

Written, Designed and with Photographs by © Brian Ecott

Redbridge Conservation Team Events

The nature conservation ranger team organizes many events and activities at a number of green spaces throughout the borough. All our events are FREE unless otherwise stated. For some events, booking is required. 

A responsible adult must accompany all persons under the age of 16 on all events.

Volunteering Information

As you can see our   schedule is packed full of opportunities for you to take part in practical conservation tasks throughout the borough. Volunteering with us is a great way to get some fresh air and gentle exercise, meet new people and learn more about wildlife in the borough. Please note that we provide all the necessary tools and training on how to use them. Volunteers are free to work at their own pace and we provide plenty of tea and biscuits as an extra incentive! Please bring your own packed lunch if the workday takes place over lunchtime and wear old clothes and sturdy footwear.  Remember no experience needed, just enthusiasm!

If you are planning to come to any of our practical conservation workdays, please do ring or email beforehand so that we know to expect you and can bring the right amount of tools.

Important Information

Please be aware that some of our sites may not be suitable for those with wheelchairs, buggies, etc.  Also, most of our sites do not have toilets. Therefore it is very important that those with special requirements contact us before an event to find out about the accessibility of each site. Please wear sturdy footwear, particularly on guided walks.

 

Teachers

The nature conservation rangers can lead on a number of educational activities at various open spaces throughout the borough so please do get in contact if you would like to arrange a class trip.

 

PROGRAMME for JANUARY 2015

 

 

Tuesday 13 January

Northeast London RSPB Group –Talk

We are starting the New Year with someone very local - Gordon Bullock will be coming to tell us about the Redbridge Fishing Lakes that he has established in Roding Lane North, Woodford Bridge.  Come and hear how it all began and about the wildlife that has been attracted in a very short time.  8 till 10 p.m. Gwinnell Room, St. Mary's Church, 207 High Road, South Woodford E18 2PA.  £3.50 non-members, £3 RSPB and Wren Group members, children free.

Saturday 17 January

Help Plant Edible Trees in Loxford Park

A free community planting event run by environmental charity, Trees for Cities, in partnership with Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure.  Everyone can join us to help plant new trees, meet new friends and get active outdoors. As well as tree planting, there will be craft activities for children, live music to keep everybody moving and refreshments to keep the energy levels up.

11am-3pm

Loxford Park, Loxford Lane, IG1 2PY (The nearest stations are Barking or Ilford. Bus route 366 stops at nearby Loxford Youth Centre, 3 minute walk)

 

Saturday 31 January

Seven Kings Park Orchard Planting Day

Come and join the Nature Conservation Team and The Urban Orchard Project in planting a new community orchard at the back of Seven Kings Park.

10am-2pm

Meet at: Seven Kings Park, the bridge over Seven Kings Water between the park and Goodmayes Hospital

 

Practical Conservation Workdays

Thursday 8 January

South Park Willow Clearance & Meadow Seeding

Come and lend a hand clearing excess willow from the edge of the lake at South Park. We’ll also be seeding the meadow to ensure a fantastic display in the summer months.

 10am-2:30pm

Meet at: South Park entrance on the junction of South Park Road and South Park Crescent, beside the public toilets

 

Tuesday 13 January

Hainault Lodge Orchard Restoration

We’re beginning a new orchard restoration project at Hainault Lodge Local Nature Reserve. Over the winter period we’ll be working to clear around the old trees, carry out restorative pruning and plant some new varieties.

10am-2:30pm

Meet at: Redbridge Cycle Centre Car Park (adjacent to Hainault Lodge), Forest Road, Hainault, IG6 3HP

 

Thursday 15 January

Waterway restoration in Fairlop Waters Country Park

Join the Rangers in clearing trees along the banks of Seven Kings Water, which flows through Fairlop. Removing some of the trees will increase the sunlight and improve habitat for a range of species.  10am – 2.30pm

Fairlop Angling Lake/Outdoor Activity Centre Car Park, off Forest Road IG6 3HN

 

Tuesday 20 January

Hainault Forest Ride Management

Come and lend a hand clearing trees and scrub to increase the woodland ride running through the forest.

10am-2:30pm

Meet at: Hainault Forest Country Park 1st Car Park, Romford Road, IG7 4QN

 

Thursday 22 January

Claybury Park Orchard Restoration

Join us as we continue to restore the old orchard trees at Claybury Park. We shall also be checking up on the new fruit trees planted here last year.

10am to 2:30pm

Meet at Claybury Park, gate on Acle Close off Stalham Way, IG6 2GQ

 

Tuesday 27 January

Waterway restoration in Fairlop Waters Country Park

Join the Rangers in clearing trees along the banks of Seven Kings Water, which flows through Fairlop. Removing some of the trees will increase the sunlight and improve habitat for a range of species.  10am – 2.30pm

Fairlop Angling Lake/Outdoor Activity Centre Car Park, off Forest Road IG6 3HN

 

Thursday 29 January

Hainault Forest Ride Management

Come and lend a hand clearing trees and scrub to increase the woodland ride running through the forest.

10am-2:30pm

Meet at: Hainault Forest Country Park 1st Car Park, Romford Road, IG7 4QN

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!

 

Best wishes,

Best wishes,

Nature Conservation Ranger Team

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure (VRCL)

In partnership with London Borough of Redbridge

Nature Conservation Ranger Team

James Leal Centre, Ray Park

Snakes Lane East

Woodford Green, Essex IG8 7JQ

Tel: 020 8559 2316

Nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk