Epping Forest Countrycare is Epping Forest District Council’s award winning Countryside Management Service. It is the key resource for advice, information and practical assistance on the countryside, nature conservation and wildlife law. Countrycare undertakes a wide variety of community-based activities and coordinates a regular programme of practical conservation work.
From coppicing trees to planting new ones, from dredging ponds to creating new ones, from planting a hedge to laying it, building countryside furniture, path maintenance and habitat creation, Countrycare and its happy band of volunteers gets stuck in. Countrycare enables children to discover the countryside and learn about their environment and holds regular events to help raise awareness and inform the community. Because of this Countrycare has been awarded Living Landscapes awards by the Essex Wildlife Trust in both 2012 and 2013 which reflects how the Service is ‘good for wildlife, good for people and the community and good for the local economy’. Countrycare is also the key Service for in-house ecology issues within the Planning Directorate.