Region: South East
This vital precious ancient woodland sits on the borders of Essex and London, positioned in a key location between the town of Loughton and the newly created wood in Theydon Bois woodlands.
At only slightly over seven hectares in size, Debden Woodland is relatively small but performs an important link for both people and nature that in turn helps to create a significant piece of public space and once again creates the historic link between Epping and Hainault Forests.
Both of these forests formed major wooded areas within the Great Forest of Essex established by the Normans shortly after 1086. The Debden woodland is a vital fragment of ancient woodland rich in biodiversity and containing a significant number of Ancient Oak and Hornbeam Pollards, numerous Ancient Hazel and Hornbeam Coppice Stools and a scattering of rare Wild Service trees
A number of wetland areas (stream, pond and seasonal ponds) also add to this rich mix, creating yet another important biodiversity habitat along with a small meadow area dotted with occasional ant hills.
Theydon Bois, Essex, CM16 7NR
Site size: 7 hectares
Open all year round
Although there are some gradients, this is a relatively easy walk with good surfaces in dry weather.
This vital ancient woodland in Essex has been safeguarded thanks to an innovative partnership between the Land Trust and the Woodland Trust.
The two Trusts have come together to secure the long term management of the seven hectare Debden Estate Woodland in Essex, providing a valuable asset for the local community.
The Trusts will work together to enable the sustainable management of the ancient woodland, which is in a key location between the town of Laughton and the Woodland Trust’s newly planted Theydon woodland.
This makes it a vitally important link for both people and nature and will help create a significant piece of public space covering over 100-acres.
Debden Woodland has been safeguarded thanks to an innovative partnership between the Land Trust, the Woodland Trust and the owners, Essex County Council.The two charities have come together to secure the long term management of the site providing a valuable asset for wildlife and the local community.
To contact the Land Trust about this site or how we could help manage your space please email our Estates Manager Simon Pile or call 07747 455980
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