Landmark trees

19 years ago the Trees and Landscape team and Epping Forest Countrycare cooperated with the Roydon Tree Wardens and Roydon Countrycare on the Roydon Landmark Tree project.  This report was commissioned from Sharon Hosegood Associates to provide an independent review of the long term effectiveness of the project.  As well as designation of the trees, commemorated in the large mural in the Civic Offices, second floor, the project involved work with the school and a variety of community events, with support from Epping Forest Arts, and practical projects to protect and enhance Roydon's landscape. 


Review of the Roydon Landmark Tree project, This version of the review of Roydon's Landmark trees has been shortened to allow publication on the website.  For the full version please request via





Ash dieback disease

There is a new, imported disease of ash trees, called actividades para conocer gente granada ash dieback, (Chalara fraxinea).

It is now causing high numbers of tree deaths in surrounding areas across the East and South of England. Although its impact so far in Essex is limited, in the near future we expect it to appear here more often. Ash trees do not form a high proportion of trees in the district, however there are some very important specimens across the district and ash can be an important component of woods and hedgerows.

If you are concerned about the disease, or believe that you have found an example of it, you can find specific advice published by the Forestry Commission website.

Symptoms of ash dieback disease

The first symptoms of ash dieback disease are leaf and shoot death. Later the living tissue under the bark is killed. The death of parts of the crown usually then follows and, eventually, that of the tree as a whole.

The disease is thought mainly to be spread through spores blown in the wind. It has recently arrived from the continent, where is has caused high numbers of deaths, both of European strains of our native ash, Fraxinus excelsior, and also other species of ash, such as the commonly planted Raywood’s ash, (Fraxinus oxycarpa Raywood) and the manna ash, (Fraxinus ornus).

It was hoped that English ash trees might be more resistant. However the experience so far suggests that this will not be the case. While some trees may still survive for many years and a few may not be infected at all, it seems likely that many affected trees will die quite quickly. The disease does not affect any other species, and some kinds of ash are also unaffected.

How you can help?

Report a suspect tree via the Forestry Commission Tree Alert page.

Help to slow the spread of ash dieback disease by burning, burying or composting fallen ash leaves.

If the affected trees are street trees or on council land, call 01992 564562 or email as soon as possible.

If a protected tree is affected, call 01992 564452 or email as soon as possible.


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Trees and landscaping

As the name would suggest Epping Forest District boasts a rich heritage of trees and landscape.

A number of these trees are either the responsibility or protected by the council.

The Links below will direct you to pages about these various types of tree

Protected trees

Council owned trees

Special trees

 NewsNews about trees and landscape



Grounds and tree maintenance

Based in Loughton, the Grounds Maintenance section works across the entire 133 square miles of the Epping Forest District. We deal with grass cutting, the tree donation scheme, floral bedding displays and playgrounds.

We also maintain 2.5 million square metres of hedgerow and grow 40,000 bedding plants in our nursery each year for displays across the District. The section manages 14,000 roses, 34,000 shrubs and 16,000 trees, as well as maintaining the districts sports pitches and footpaths.

Trees - Information, Objectives and Policies

Epping Forest District Council is strongly committed to the protection and enhancement of the District's environment as stated in the Community Plan.

The Council recognises the importance of its role in the protection of the local and global environments, and the priority given to this role by those who live in, work in or visit the District.

The Council will, in all that it does, either through the direct provision of services or otherwise, give particular emphasis to environmental considerations. There are few issues more important than the environment in which we all live. From Government down to the individual citizen, there are concerns about how we must change the way we live and behave in order to protect our environment for us now and future generations

The Tree Donation Scheme

Many people see trees as a way of commemorating a special occasion or a loved one. For the World scouts Jamboree in 2007 there have been 6 different species of tree planted at North Weald Airfield symbolising the many continents from where the scouts came from to join together. A virtual plaque has been created thus enabling scouts all over the world to view the site together with some photographs.

The cost per tree is £75. Once the planting site is agreed and the tree planted then you can view the site here as well as a plaque if you have requested one in memory of a loved one or purely giving details of sponsorship.


Virtual Plaque Location Map