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Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site)

Description

Size: 8.95 hectares

Grid Reference: TL 53635 06505 {phocamaps view=link|id=18|text=Map}

Owners: Epping Forest District Council

Access: There is open access to the site via gates off the Moreton Bridge Road and a carpark at the southern end of the site.

Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) is located to the south of Moreton village beside the Moreton Bridge Road.

The site is almost nine hectares and was formerly used for gravel extraction, following which in the 1960s it became a domestic rubbish tip. The site was typical of its period with no engineered containment, no landfill gas control or proper leachate management systems in place and was ‘restored’ with only a thin cover of soil.

Due to a number of unacceptable environmental problems associated with the site, it has been subject to a remediation and restoration scheme in recent years that employs a number of complex engineering solutions. These will need to be monitered and maintained for many decades to come, 

Whilst Environment and Street Scene at Epping Forest District Council were busy engineering the site to safety, Countrycare, its volunteers and students from local schools planted 5000 trees, sowed a wildflower meadow, introduced slowworms, built hibernaculum and compost bins, erected benches, interpretation panels and fingerposts.  There is now a path with disabled access across the site that leads to a viewing mound where school children have planted a disease-resistant Elm tree.  The site was opened to the public in July 2011 when the Chairman of the Council cut a ribbon made up from recycled rubbish and made a speech. 

Today the site supports over 70 species of grasses and wildflowers and the trees and shrubs are doing well.  The site is used as an educational resource for school children and also for guided walks to inform people about the creation project.

In 2012 the site won the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Fields in Trust Award.  There will be a plaque erected to mark this award with the date to be announced.

For more about the history of the site, management plans and further information about this award winning site, see the links below:

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Date Title Venue Type
12.07.2012 Volunteer Day - Bobbingworth Nature Reserve Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Countrycare Events
04.10.2012 Volunteer day - Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site), Bobbingworth Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Countrycare Events
10.01.2013 Volunteer Day - Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Countrycare Events
14.03.2013 Volunteer Day Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Countrycare Events
23.05.2013 Volunteer Day: Bobbingworth Nature Reserve Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Countrycare Events
20.06.2013 Volunteer Day Bobbingworth Nature Reserve Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Countrycare Events
18.07.2013 Volunteer Day: Bobbingworth Nature Reserve Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Countrycare Events
29.08.2013 Volunteer Day Bobbingworth Nature Reserve Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Countrycare Events
11.09.2013 Awards Ceremony Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Chairman's Events
06.02.2014 Volunteer Day: Bobbingworth Nature Reserve Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Countrycare Events
03.04.2014 Volunteer Day: Bobbingworth Nature Reserve Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Countrycare Events
29.05.2014 Volunteer Day: Bobbingworth Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Countrycare Events
10.07.2014 Volunteer Day: Bobbingworth Nature Reserve Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Countrycare Events
06.08.2014 Kids Event: Animal Tracks and Signs Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Countrycare Events
29.08.2014 Mad About Moths Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Countrycare Events
26.03.2015 Volunteer Day: Bobbingworth Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Countrycare Events
14.05.2015 Volunteer Day: Bobbingworth Nature Reserve Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Countrycare Events
20.08.2015 Volunteer Day: Bobbingworth Nature Reserve. Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Countrycare Events
28.01.2016 Volunteer Day: Bobbingworth Nature Reserve Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Countrycare Events
28.04.2016 Volunteer Day: Bobbingworth Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Countrycare Events
16.06.2016 Volunteer Day: Bobbingworth Nature Reserve Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Countrycare Events
09.09.2016 Moreton Ramble - Lifewalks and Countrycare Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Lifewalks event
09.08.2017 Wildlife of Bobbingworth Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) Countrycare Events