Managed woodlands

Essex County Council manages a number of woodlands on behalf of the residents of the county. Most of these woodland areas are accessible to the public and provide a vibrant and exciting environment for a range of leisure pursuits, from walking to cycling.

Many of these areas are also used by clubs for a range of recreational activities and are havens for animals and plant life. A full list of Essex County Council managed woodlands is available and many activities on offer in woodlands and across Essex can be found on the Visit Essex website.

Multi For Project

The Multifunctional Forest Management project (Multi For) is an initiative created as a result of the Essex County Council tree pledge, which saw over 400,000 trees planted in 2008.

After successfully delivering on this pledge, we realised that Essex required the planting of more trees for four reasons:

  • to reconnect the ancient forests of Hatfield, Hainault and Epping
  • to provide more woodland cover to meet the regional woodland strategy
  • to ensure our biodiversity was supported and encouraged in woodlands
  • to allow the people of Essex better information and access to woodlands

The project is a partnership made up of four French and four UK organisations, including the Forestry Commission Research Agency, Kent County Council and East Sussex County Council.
The project is 50% financed by the European Regional Development Fund and 50% by national public institutions and the project partners.

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