|About||Community Forest offering green space for families, dog-walkers and lovers of the outdoors. Visit our Forest Centre for events, kids activities, cafe & shop.|
|Mission||The Thames Chase Trust aims to make the Thames Chase Community Forest an inspirational example of landscape regeneration through cost effective environmental improvements that changes lives and demonstrates these values through exemplar community led management at the Thames Chase Forest Centre.|
The Thames Chase Trust aims to make the Thames Chase Community Forest an inspirational example of landscape regeneration through cost effective environmental improvements that changes lives and demonstrates these values through exemplar community led management at the Thames Chase Forest Centre.
Thames Chase Community Forest
Thames Chase Forest covers 40 square miles of countryside around the London/Essex borders.
Thames Chase Community Forest encompasses countryside in Barking and Dagenham, Brentwood, Havering and Thurrock. Within its boundaries there has been a concerted effort, over the last 20+ years to re-generate despoiled landscape and enhance the natural environment for the benefit of local people and wildlife.
The landscape within the Thames Chase Community Forest had suffered in the past from urban sprawl, unplanned industrial development and all the pollution and visual intrusion that countryside close to a large conurbation suffers from, added to which there has been damage done by gravel and sand extraction, landfill and loss of farmland and natural woodland.
The last 20 years -
Two million plus trees have been planted, thanks to the Community Forest, and new areas of meadowland and ponds have been created. Already wildlife has benefited from a more diverse habitat.
People too have benefitted! Cycle routes, bridleways and footpaths have been created. All over the Community Forest there are now country parks, woods and river valleys all accessible to the public.
Whether you want to walk your dog, watch birds, run for health or cycle with your grandchildren there are places in the Community Forest to enjoy yourself.
The Future -
But with a goal of eventually covering 30% of open land with woodland, to say nothing of connecting up all the natural and historic attractions so that everyone can travel from one to the other without going on a busy road, this is a project that has a lot further to go!
Who is driving the project?