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New tree planting at Theydon Bois, a Woodland Trust wood in Essex

Theydon Bois (WTML)

Planted by local people and featuring a meadow, orchard and artwork visible from the M11, the young wood at Theydon Bois is a popular destination for dog walkers and nature lovers alike.

This new woodland was planted between 2006 and 2009 on land that was once part of Epping Forest. It’s already becoming a haven for wildlife. Wander through the young oak, ash, field maple and hornbeam and look out for sparrow, wren and the brightly coloured goldfinch with its red face and flash of yellow on its wing. You may even catch sight of the occasional muntjac deer.

In spring and summer, the wildflower meadow by the small stream becomes a tapestry of colour, with the yellow blaze of cowslip and buttercup sprinkled with pink campion, wild red clover and deep violet self-heal. It’s a great place to spot butterflies as they feast on the nectar. Autumn is your turn for a feast as you can forage for blackberries, rosehips and elderberries as you watch the leaves begin to turn.

And make sure you explore the spiralling paths of the giant earthwork, inspired by tree seeds and constructed with the site’s own soil. At 130 metres long and three metres tall, it’s quite a landmark!

Setting

The 38.29ha (94.62-acre) site is just off the M11 motorway, close to the village of Theydon Bois and Epping Forest.

OS Explorer 174; Landranger 177; Grid reference: TQ458980

Access

The entrance to the site is on the Abridge Road, heading out of Theydon Bois just before the M11 flyover. There is a good network of paths through the wood, including two linked public rights of way and a surfaced path.

Getting there

The site is accessible on foot via public rights of way from both Abridge and Theydon Bois.

By bus
Regular buses run between Theydon and Abridge. Alight at the cemetery on Abridge Road.

By train
The nearest London Underground station is Theydon Bois on the Central Line. The site is approximately 1.6km (one mile) from the station, either along the roadside pavement or via a public right of way.

For up-to-date information on public transport, visit traveline, or telephone 0871 200 22 33.

By car
From the M11, take Exit 7 onto the A414 towards Chelmsford/Harlow. At the roundabout, take the exit to the B1393 (London Road). Continue through three roundabouts, then turn left onto Theydon Road and continue to Piercing Hill. Turn left onto the B172 (Coppice Row) and continue on to Abridge Road. The site is on the right just before the M11 flyover.

There is no car park at the site. Nearby car parks include the Woodland Trust's Hainault Forest.

Nearest amenities

Public conveniences
The nearest toilets are in Theydon Bois and Abridge.

Refreshments
There are pubs, restaurants and cafes in Theydon Bois and Abridge.

Accommodation and tourist information
There are several hotels and guest houses in the area. Visit TripAdvisor for further information.

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