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Sheering Copse

Sheering Copse


Size: 0.4ha  
Grid Reference: TL 50589 14178  {phocamaps view=link|id=56|text=Map}

Parish:  Sheering

Owners:  The land is owned by Sheering Parish Council and managed in partnership with Epping Forest District Council

Access: The site has open access from the adjacent recreation ground.

Site Description: The site is connected to Sheering Recreation Ground and Village Hall on the south side and is bounded by a public right of way fp 28 on the west side, there is an unofficial path on the eastern side which links up to make a circular walk through the wood possible. It is an important link in a chain of wildlife sites to the north of Epping Forest in an area of arable land to the east of the M11.

The woodland is of no great age having originally been the northern end of an odd shaped arable field it is however close to the site of Quick Wood, which was cleared in the 1950s. The trees in the wood are mostly Lime (Tilia europaea) and Field Maple (Acre campestre) with a significant number of planted Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) indicating this may well be a plantation on a semi natural woodland site.  Occasional Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus), Oak (Quercus robur), Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) and Elm (Ulmus procera) are also present, with five large Beech (Fagus sylvatica) trees at the southern end indicating better drainage on higher ground. 

There are several large field maple coppice stools on the boundary ditches which are veteran trees, the largest measuring 4.8 metres in circumference. The large trees create heavy shade in the woodland meaning that apart from Ivy there is little ground flora.
Countrycare took on management of the woodland in 2014 with the agreement of Sheering Parish Council writing a management plan for the next five years. The intention is to create a more open aspect to the woodland and thinning out some of the leaning and dangerous trees.  Also the planted Scots Pine trees need to be gradually removed as the pine needles are causing the soil to acidify.  In the coming years it is hoped a more diverse ground flora will emerge. The footpaths through the wood also needed widening and making safe so this was carried out in the autumn of 2014. It is hoped this work will encourage greater use of the woodland as a recreational area for walking and as an educational resource.

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Telephone: 01992 564224

Or you can write to us at:
Countrycare, Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ


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