Woodlands and country parks We manage a number of parks and woodland areas, which are not only havens for animals and plant life but are often also accessible for walks and cycling. See Essex Country Parks to find woodlands and parks near you. Essex Forest Initiative In October 2019, we committed to plant £1 million worth of trees over the next five years. This equates to planting 375,000 trees, over 150 hectares, which is equal to the size of 210 football pitches. Read more about the Essex Forest Initiative.