The Thames Chase Community Forest is a remarkable landscape initiative, actively transforming 40 square miles of the landscape in East London and South West Essex.

Launched in 1990, in 2020, the Thames Chase Community Forest will be celebrating 30 years of landscape regeneration, transforming the green environment for the 650,000 population living through and around its boundaries. 

With just 6% tree cover in 1990 and the loss of 16% of green space to mineral extraction followed by landfill in the second half of the last century, the 48 varied sites that have been either restored or created provide local communities with access to quality green environments for health, recreation and education. The ‘Land of the Fanns’ project is at present drawing together the history and heritage of this unique area. 

A great deal has been achieved in its first 30 years guided by its overall strategy, The Thames Chase Plan, with a wide range of partner organisations, particularly with the Forestry Commission, now Forestry England, who created and manage 10 of the restored woodlands open to the public. 

There is much for local families and the dedicated army of volunteers to celebrate in all that the Community Forest has achieved and we aim to make 2020 a year to remember and set the Forest on track for the next 30 years of regeneration, protection and development.