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Volunteer Day - Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey
06.09.2012 10.00 h
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Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey

Time to cut the meadow as the wildflowers should be finished and seeded by now so there is cutting and raking to be done and filling up the new compost bin.

The footpath steps and across the bridge also need clearing as they have become overgrown.

If time permits we will tackle the nettles and thistles at the roundabout end of the site as well.

Meet: 10.00am Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey M25 JT 26 Opposite the Marriot Hotel.

Grid Ref: TL 404 000

***Don’t forget we pick up from Loughton Station every Thursday at 9.30 am. All volunteer days start at 10am on site unless otherwise stated. The Countrycare Office telephone is (01992) 788203 and the Countrycare mobile phone number is 07789 372018.  For the very latest up to date information about all our work go to the Countrycare web site


Oldshire Lane Nature Reserve
Oldshire Lane Nature Reserve


Size: 0.8 hectare 

Grid reference: TL 404 000 {phocamaps view=link|id=28|text=Map}                          

Owner: Epping Forest District Council

Access: Open public access

Epping Forest District Council acquired the land at Oldshire Lane in 1991, under a Section 106 Agreement relating to the development of the then Swallow Hotel.  Originally, the land had been an old nursery site.  The initial landscaping plan drawn up for the amenity land associated with the development failed resulting in the survival of just half a dozen trees. The site had then just been left and become totally overgrown with nettles, thistles, brambles, hogweed and other pernicious weeds.  

In March 2001, Countrycare was given operational responsibility for the strip of amenity land, following the failure of the landscaping scheme. A sum of £3K was given to complete the landscaping and the service began investigating  ways of increasing biodiversity on the site. Subsequently, a wildflower meadow was sown, a small pond created and 1500 trees planted.

The site is cut several times a year to in an effort to keep the nettles at bay and to encourage wildflowers to grow. The site is now home to several dragonflies and damselflies and in June Pyramid and Bee orchids can be seen on the banks of the stream.

Currently the site supports over 60 different species of grasses and wildflowers.

The long term goal for the site is to have it declared a statutory Local Nature Reserve. A  management plan has been produced which which will guide our work for the next 5 years. 

Countrycare hold regular volunteer days on the site.

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Phone Contact us....

Telephone: 01992 564224

Or you can write to us at:
Countrycare, Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ


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