Countrycare records it’s 3,000th veteran tree

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Last month our Countrycare team recorded the 3,000th veteran tree in the Epping Forest district. By the end of May 2014 the total number of veterans trees recorded is 3,112. This figure includes ancient trees and together with 883 notable trees, the total number of recorded tress is 4,045.

Since 2006 Countrycare and its volunteers and tree wardens have been recording veteran trees in the District as part of a competition to find the 50 Favourite Trees in the district. Trees were nominated by members of the public and judged. 50 trees were selected and a book was produced. This evolved into a project to record as many of the district’s veteran trees as possible.

You can see the database of trees on the 50 Favourite Trees website.

Chigwell Oak

An Oak in Chigwell - 5.9m girth and over 500 years old

Willingale Oak

An Oak in Willingale - 5.7m girth and over 500 years old

Theydon Garnon Oak

Veteran tree in Theydon Garnon - 6.5m girth and over 500 years old

The data shared with the Essex Wildlife Trust to contribute to their biological records database, used to help in planning decisions. It also goes to the Ancient Tree Hunt who map the country and plot the trees on.

Epping and Hainault Forests

The Epping Forest District is blessed with the remnants of the great forests of Essex, which now survive as Epping and Hainault Forests. These 2 areas form a collection of veteran trees of European importance with Epping Forest having over 50,000 veteran trees. These areas were pollarded woodlands (the successive cutting of trees above the browsing height of deer and cattle).

Other woods, such as the Lambourne Woods near Abridge, were coppiced. But the widespread practice of pollarding was not confined to the forests and has left us with a legacy of many old worked trees. They mark the skeleton of the ancient countryside as they are found in the oldest hedgerows and mark the boundaries of the oldest woodlands. 

Even one veteran native tree can be a wildlife habitat in its own right. It is well known that Oaks host a huge variety of species, but it is only the big old trees with holes in the stem and decayed heartwood, that do this. Recording and mapping these trees will inform us of habitat connectivity between ancient woodlands and allows us to view the District at a landscape level. 

Veteran tree

Helen Read, Veteran Tree Initiative 1999 – “The term veteran tree is one that is not capable of precise definition but encompasses trees defined by three guiding principles. Firstly, they are of interest biologically, aesthetically or culturally because of their age. Secondly, they are in the ancient stage of their life (the last third) and lastly that they are old relative to others of the same species.”

 

Transitions project successfully delivered

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Following on from Transitions Epping Forest 2013, Transitions Essex brought together artists and staff from four Essex care homes to work together, share ideas and create ways to engage with people living with dementia.

TE Launch 38

The project has encouraged care staff to bring creativity into their work with the aim of improving the quality of life, wellbeing and health of their residents. 4 artists worked on the project over an 8-month period; Nicola Esson, David Little, Helen Morse Palmer and Amanda Westbury. They were partnered with 2 care staff from Anisha Grange, Billericay; Beech House, Basildon; Evelyn May House, Langdon Hills and Woodbury Court, Laindon. 

A free online resource pack entitled ‘Journeys in the Moment: Engaging Older People and People Living with Dementia’ will be available at the end of June 2014 for other care homes to use as inspiration.  It will include over 30 ideas and tips to use with a group or on a one to one basis to enhance interaction and improve wellbeing of care home residents.

Transitions Essex was delivered by Epping Forest District Council and funded by Essex County Council.

 

Tour de France Question & Answers – 12 June

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The Tour de France comes to Epping Forest on Monday 7 July 2014.

Residents and business people can find out more about Stage 3 of the Tour de France at Epping Forest District Council.

A team of officers at the Civic Offices in Epping High Street will be available between 6.30pm until 8.30pm on Thursday 12 June 2014 to answer questions about the route and the management of the race.

Tour de France Essex Logo

Cycling is now one of the biggest sports in the UK. Many thousands of enthusiasts are expected to join residents and visitors lining the roads of the District to cheer the riders on. The Tour is completely free to view. 

Le Tour information

  • The Tour de France is the world’s third largest sporting event
  • It is customary to start the race outside France and the Grand Depart returns to the UK this year for the first time since 2007
  • Stage 1 and 2 will cover large areas of Yorkshire before the Tour heads south for the start of Stage 3 in Cambridge

Caravane Publicitaire

  • The race will be preceded by a Caravane Publicitaire, a carnival of media and sponsors vehicles full of colour and noise
  • Travelling through Saffron Walden and Finchingfield before skirting Chelmsford and Roxwell, the Caravane is expected to enter Epping Forest District near Willingale at about 12.25pm
  • The race itself is expected about 2 hours later

Festival in your village

  • Villages and towns on the route are planning different ways to welcome the Tour. In France, the Tour is turned into a festival over several days
  • Epping Town Show takes place on Sunday 6 July and the Fun Fair is staying overnight to extend the celebrations into Monday
  • North Weald is expecting day-trippers from Ongar to arrive via steam train on the heritage Epping and Ongar Railway while visitors by car will be able to park at North Weald Airfield
  • Special celebrations are being planned in smaller villages on the route such as Moreton (including extra temporary parking) and Fyfield
  • At Willingale Cricket Club, the organisers of temporary parking are also laying on hot food and drink at the Village Hall
  • People are expected to make their way on foot from as far as Theydon Bois, Waltham Abbey, Loughton and Buckhurst Hill to watch the race which travels through the Forest from the Wake Arms roundabout down the A104 Epping New Road to Woodford

 Epping High Street

  • Epping High Street is expected to draw the biggest crowds, many arriving by train via the Central Line to Epping Underground Station
  • Forklift trucks and delivery vehicles will be working from early in the morning as the race organisers and world’s media prepare for the excitement of the sprint section down the length of the High Street

Road closures

  • Road closures will make travel across the district difficult
  • The route following country lanes north of Ongar and the A414 to the Talbot roundabout at North Weald will be closed from 8am
  • The route south of the Talbot closes at 9am and is not scheduled to reopen until 5pm

Truly amazing

Councillor Chris Whitbread, Leader of Epping Forest District Council said: “7 July is going to be truly amazing. The district has never seen anything like it and might well never do so again.”

“Thousands of residents and visitors are preparing to enjoy the day with family and friends but if you run a business or are a resident with special concerns, the staff at the council will do their best to help you organise yourself around the day. Just pop in to see us between 6.30pm until 8.30pm on 12 June for an informal chat.”

Essex County Council and Epping Forest District Council are working together with many partners including the Tour organisers and Government to raise public awareness. Detailed information is available on a range of websites. Leaflets and letters have been sent out while posters have been distributed to local shops and businesses.

For more information go to Essex County Council or Tour de France Epping Forest.

 

Improved services with new refuse contract

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Improved services and large savings are expected after the decision by the council to award a new ten year contract to Biffa Municipal Limited for the collection of domestic refuse and recycling and street cleaning. In addition to annual savings of over £400,000 a year, the introduction of new technology, new vehicles and new working practices, including a 4-day collection week to avoid Bank Holiday Monday disruption, is anticipated to result in environmental and service improvements.

The decision was taken by the Cabinet of Epping Forest District Council at a special meeting on Monday 19 May 2014.

Alderton Junior winning artwork

Competitors for the contract

Biffa beat an initial list of 8 competitors to the contract, including current contractor Sita UK, most of whose local staff will transfer to Biffa under the terms of the contract. The final decision was based on an equal assessment of price and quality, with all the short-listed companies submitting competitive bids.

When will Biffa start?

Biffa will start emptying the District’s wheelie bins on 3 November 2014. The new Tuesday to Friday collection service will start in March 2015.

What to recycle and when will it be collected?

Epping Forest residents are amongst the ‘greenest’ in the country, recycling over 250kg per household each year. Bidders were invited to investigate different ways of collecting local refuse and recycling but the current system of two wheelie-bins, sacks and a blue box has proved to be one of the best and there are no plans to change this.

  • Food and Garden Waste Wheelie Bin – collected weekly
  • Residual Waste Wheelie Bin – collected fortnightly
  • Blue Box – for glass, collected fortnightly
  • Sacks – All other dry recycling collected fortnightly

Residents will also be able to recycle tetrapaks, batteries and small electrical items for the first time.

Langston Road, Loughton redevelopment

In March 2015, Biffa will transfer from the current council-owned depot in Langston Road to its own depots in Edmonton and Waltham Cross. This will move forward the redevelopment of the Langston Road site as a new retail park, providing employment for local people and generating more long-term income and savings for Epping Forest District Council.

Great news for Epping Forest residents

Contract negotiations were led by Councillor Will Breare-Hall, Environment Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council, and Council officers.

Councillor Breare-Hall said: “This deal is great news for Epping Forest residents and our District. Our new contract with Biffa promises residents an innovative, improved, more responsive service that respects what they like best about our current provision, and helps us keep their Council Tax low. I want to put on record my thanks to Sita UK for the great job they have done, but it is essential we keep striving to improve. This new partnership with Biffa offers even better services to residents, reductions in environmental impact, and helps us to maintain our record as one of the UK’s top recycling authorities.”

 

Get ready for Le Tour

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The Tour de France comes to Epping Forest on Monday 7 July. Residents and business people can find out more about Stage 3 of the Tour de France at Epping Forest District Council. A team of officers at the Civic Offices in Epping High Street will be available between 6.30pm and 8.30pm on Thursday 12 June to answer questions about the route and the management of the race.

Tour de France Essex Logo

The Tour de France is the world’s third largest sporting event. It is customary to start the race outside France and the Grand Depart returns to the UK this year for the first time since 2007. Stage 1 and 2 will cover large areas of Yorkshire before the Tour heads south for the start of Stage 3 in Cambridge.

The race will be preceded by a Caravane Publicitaire, a carnival of media and sponsors vehicles full of colour and noise. Travelling through Saffron Walden and Finchingfield before skirting Chelmsford and Roxwell, the Caravane is expected to enter Epping Forest District near Willingale at about 12.25pm. The race itself is expected about 2 hours later.

Cycling is now one of the biggest sports in the UK. Many thousands of enthusiasts are expected to join residents and visitors lining the roads of the District to cheer the riders on. The Tour is completely free to view.

Villages and towns on the route are planning different ways to welcome the Tour. In France, the Tour is turned into a festival over several days. Epping Town Show takes place on Sunday 6 July and the Fun Fair is staying overnight to extend the celebrations into Monday. North Weald is expecting day-trippers from Ongar to arrive via steam train on the heritage Epping and Ongar Railway while visitors by car will be able to park at North Weald Airfield. Special celebrations are being planned in smaller villages on the route including Moreton (including extra temporary parking) and Fyfield. At Willingale Cricket Club, the organisers of temporary parking are also laying on hot food and drink at the Village Hall .

People are expected to make their way on foot from as far as Theydon Bois, Waltham Abbey, Loughton and Buckhurst Hill to watch the race which travels through the Forest from the Wake Arms roundabout down the A104 Epping New Road to Woodford.

Epping High Street is expected to draw the biggest crowds, many arriving by train via the Central Line to Epping Underground Station. Forklift trucks and delivery vehicles will be working from early in the morning as the race organisers and world’s media prepare for the excitement of the sprint section down the length of the High Street.

Road closures will make travel across the District difficult. The route following country lanes north of Ongar and the A414 to the Talbot roundabout at North Weald will be closed from 8am. The route south of the Talbot closes at 9am and is not scheduled to reopen until 5pm.

Essex County Council and Epping Forest District Council are working together with many partners including the Tour organisers and Government to raise public awareness. Detailed information is available on a range of websites. Leaflets and letters have been sent out while posters have been distributed to local shops and businesses.

Councillor Chris Whitbread, Leader of Epping Forest District Council said: “7 July is going to be truly amazing. The District has never seen anything like it and might well never do so again. Thousands of residents and visitors are preparing to enjoy the day with family and friends but if you run a business or are a resident with special concerns, the staff at the Council will do their best to help you organise yourself around the day. Just pop in to see us between 6.30pm and 8.30pm on 12 June for an informal chat.”

Find ot more Tour de France Epping Forest or go to the Essex County Council website.

 

Car parks survey

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Tell us how and why you use our car parks – for shopping or for working?

Are there enough spaces when you need them? Are the charges fair?

We recognise car parks are important to support the economic vitality of our town centres and their businesses but we also recognise the need to encourage alternative modes of transport to the car, and that a balance needs to be struck.

We are consulting on our car parking strategy and want as many people as possible to complete this short survey.

Complete the survey

You could win £100 just for filling it in!

Councillor Gary Waller by the car park

Satisfy the needs of residents, local businesses and visitors

Councillor Gary Waller, Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder said: “We are looking at a number of ideas, including short stay parking for up to 5 hours, different tariffs for different locations, and the continuation of free parking on Saturdays in our town centres among others.”

“We would very much appreciate feedback to ensure we get the right balance to satisfy the needs of residents, local businesses and visitors who want to park in our district.”

Cabinet 3 March 2014

Want to know more

If you would like further information, email parking@eppingforestdc.gov.uk, or call 01992 564608.

If you require a hard copy of the survey or in a different format such as large print or braille please contact 01992 564608.

 

High Beach Youth Cycling Club

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High Beach Youth Cycling Club is a competitive mountain biking club for young people aged 8 and over.
 
High Beach Youth Cycling Club flyer

When

The club meets for training at every Saturday and all abilities are welcome. The club helps young people develop the skills needed to be able to enter local and regional competitions. 

Where

Meet in the car park, Kings Oak Hotel Pub, Paul’s Nursery Road, Loughton, IG10 4AE.

Times 

10am to 12 noon.

Cost 

£6 for non club members. Bikes can be supplied at no extra cost with prior notice.

Want to know more? 

If you would like more information, or would like a programme of rides, please contact Fabrizio on 01992 564567 or email fferrari@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

 

Get into sailing

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Broxbourne Sailing Club in Meadgate Road, Nazeing EN9 2PB is running ‘Get into Sailing’ courses for both adults and children.

Broxbourne Sailing Club

When

Each course runs from 9am to 4.30pm on 2 days and costs £30 per participant.

  • 24 and 31 May
  • 7 and 14 June
  • 28 June and 5 July
  • 12 and 19 July
  • 6 and 13 September

Book now

To book a place, contact Community Services on 01992 564226 between 10am and 4pm.

If you would like more information, contact Fabrizio Ferrari on 01992 564567 or email fferrari@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

 

Join Lifewalks for an evening Nightingale stroll

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Join us on our evening walk to hear the pleasingly smooth and musical sound of the Nightingale.

According to the lyrics of a popular love song a nightingale once sang in Berkley Square. This is extremely unlikely however, as the nightingale prefers to sing from dense scrub rather than neat suburban squares. We are fortunate to have ideal habitat locally at Fishers Green, and for a number of years several nightingales have graced the area with their presence.

So why not join Robin and Laurence Sinden on a guided walk as they lead you to the best locations for hearing these mellifluous songsters.

Find out more

When - Friday 23 May 2014 7pm to 9pm

Where - Meet at Fishers Green car park, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 2EF (please see page 32 of the diary for instructions to get to the car park)

Cost - We are asking for a donation of £2 per person which will be going to the Essex Wildlife Trust

DetailsThe walk will be at a leisurely pace, pausing from time to time to listen for nightingales and identify the songs of other summer migrants, the walk will be finished by 9 o’clock

Download the Lifewalks Diary

If you would like to join Robin & Laurence please book your places in advance by 17 May by filling in the form in the Lifewalks Diary page 7 link below.

 

Tube map of youth projects

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Newly-elected Youth Councillors have launched the latest map of Youth Projects in Epping Forest district.

The map includes youth clubs, groups, theatre groups, scouts and guides. Epping Forest District Council’s Young Person’s Officer Di Butler said: “The Youth Council takes on the task of updating the map as part of the work handed over to them from the retiring Youth Council.”

Youth projects in Epping Forest 2014

Great project

Youth Councillors Imogen Padwick and Jaymey McIvor were both re-elected this year and are serving their third year. Imogen said: “It is a great project as the last cohort of Youth Councillors carried the work over from the 2010 Youth Councillors and now the 2012 Youth Councillors have handed the Youth Projects Map over to the 2014 Youth Councillors. Each year the map grows as more youth groups want to be included and it is free publicity for everyone on the map.”

Youth Councillor Fred Skipper said: “One of the main issues we hear is there isn’t anything to do for our age group, so our first project is to make sure everyone has access to the 2014 Youth Projects Map.”

“This year 27 youth projects contacted us to be included on the map and we know there are many more, so we hope to keep updating the map over the next year as we know this map isn’t conclusive. There are some great youth projects doing great work to engage young people in their local communities.”

Tube Map launch

Promote Epping Forest Youth Council

Youth councillors will personally visit their local youth projects over the forthcoming year to introduce themselves and promote the role of the Epping Forest Youth Council. They have already visited Waltham Abbey Youth 2000 and will be attending the re-launch of the Community Radio Project at The Space in Loughton on 12 May.

Youth Councillor Evie Foster said: “Many of the youth projects rely on volunteers, so they are always looking for people to help run activities.”

Youth Councillor Joe Pascoe explained: “Our map promoting all youth projects in the Epping Forest district has been updated and this is available from schools, libraries, clubs and Epping Forest District Council Information Points. You can also download a copy of the map by following the link www/eppingforestdc.gov.uk/efyc“.