Debden Woodland

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.

Map of Debden Woodland

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.

Location

Theydon Bois, Essex, CM16 7NR

Site size: 7 hectares

Visitor Information

Opening Hours

Open all year round

Car Parking

No

Toilets

No
(click here to find the nearest public toilets)

Café

No

Entrance cost

Free

Accessibility

Although there are some gradients, this is a relatively easy walk with good surfaces in dry weather.

Footpaths

Yes

Dogs

Yes


Debden Woodland Contact


The site contact for our Debden Woodland space is Tony Chadwick

This space is managed in partnership with Woodland Trust

History

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.

Development

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.

Land Trust Contact

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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