Epping Forest Countrycare together with Sheering Parish Council have won the Essex Wildlife Trust Living Landscapes Award for their work restoring and managing The Copse in Sheering.
Countryside Assistant Kevin Mason accepted the award on behalf of the partnership during the Essex Wildlife Trust’s annual general meeting Saturday 10 September 2016.
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Essex Wildlife Trust Living Landscapes Award
Essex Wildlife Trust recognised the valued contribution towards Living Landscapes in Essex for being
- Good for Wildlife
- Good for People and the Community
- Good for the Local Economy
The Copse (a small wood) in Sheering forms an important link in a chain of woodlands linking Epping Forest with Hatfield Forest.
The site was an open field until the 1950’s and 1960’s when it was planted with a mixture of woodland trees. It was left unmanaged for 48 years until Sheering Parish Council invited Epping Forest Countrycare and their volunteers to manage the site in 2014.
They were tasked with removing fallen trees and making the site safe. Paths were cleared and dangerous trees were removed. An open woodland glade was created using wildflower seeds after removing 30 Scots Pine trees and a lot of discarded rubbish.
This award is their award
Local Ward Councillor and Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder Councillor Gary Waller said: “What great news! This is now the 6th site in the Epping Forest district to receive the award.”
“Of course this would not have been possible without the enthusiastic and willing band of volunteers who turn up in both the rain and sunshine to help protect the landscapes and wildlife we love – this award is very much their award!”
There are now 6 sites in the Epping Forest district that have received a Living Landscapes Award
- Linder’s Field LNR, Buckhurst Hill
- North Weald Common LNR, North Weald
- Bobbingworth Nature Reserve, Moreton
- Jubilee Nature Reserve, Ongar
- Swaines Green, Epping
- Sheering Copse, Sheering