Discover Thames Chase Community Forest’s paths on your daily exercise

Thames Chase Community Forest has, from its inception, actively promoted access to the green environment through its network of green spaces. Whether that access is on foot, cycle or horse, the development of non motorised routes has been key in the creation or regeneration of the sites, now numbering over 48 across the Forest area.

This has never been more important than during this year’s pandemic, when safe access to woodland, parks and open spaces has offered local communities a place for healthy exercise and enjoyment, whilst following medical advice and guidelines.

The Thames Chase Plan that guides the work of the Community Forest emphasises ‘The health benefits of the natural environment are well documented, extending beyond the tangible, physical benefits of exercise to improved mental well-being through stress relief. The Community Forest provides a freely accessible resource available to all elements of the community that has a role to play in reducing health inequalities across the area it serves.’

Thames Chase Conservation Volunteers play a very important part in helping maintain the public footpaths through Havering and aid in the surveying, mapping and assessment of paths. This involves the clear the pathways by cut back overhanging bramble, branches and trees, repair or replace bridges, gates and signs, and sadly, also bag up a great deal of litter, so the green space remains accessible to be enjoyed by all visitors.

Leaflets are produced for many paths including directions and local interest. These are available on the website  .

PLEASE NOTE – The Forest Centre will not be accessible for vehicles between 01 and 07 July, as much needed drive repairs are carried out.

As we look forward to welcoming everyone back to the Centre on our planned re-opening date of 11  July, the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors remains of paramount importance. Having consulted government guidelines, we have adapted some of the way the Forest Centre will work. Clear signage will be in place for directions from the car park to the shop, cafe and toilets. All will be arranged to ensure social distancing and will include regular cleaning and sanitation stations as these facilities open the car parking machines will be available for parking.

We hope that everyone using our site will assist us in keep the Forest Centre safe.

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