The Friends of Wanstead Parklands today (22 October) led a special walk as their contribution to the inaugural Epping Forest Walking Festival.  Launched with the Centenary Walk on 11 September the Festival brings together some of the many organisations which run Forest activities year-round.

The walk followed the “Chestnut Trail”, a route devised by Epping Forest to take in some of Wanstead Park’s most scenic areas and historic features.The Chesnut Trail Epping Forest - City of London

The group, of about 25 people, walked for about two hours, ending at The Temple, where complimentary tea and cake was provided.

About 25 walkers joined the Friends of Wanstead Parklands on the Chestnut Trail.
About 25 walkers joined the Friends of Wanstead Parklands on the Chestnut Trail.
Ralph Potter and Jo Fensome serve complimentary tea and cake.

img_1757Richard Arnopp said: "We had a very pleasant stroll, which was enhanced by the beautiful weather. The walk had the twin aims of raising awareness of Wanstead Park’s unique heritage, and offering an opportunity to enjoy the natural aspect at the time when the trees are beginning to take on their autumn colours. We also took the opportunity to discuss some of Wanstead Park's current improvement works, as well as problems - such as low water levels in the lakes and the floating pennywort infestation - and the ways in which these are being addressed".

He continued: “Particular thanks are due to the staff in The Temple, and to Friends of Wanstead Parklands members Ralph Potter and Jo Fensome, who organised the refreshments”.

The Epping Forest Walking Festival runs from 19 to 26 October. Visit the City of London website for a full list of walks and events.

The Temple was carpeted with hundreds of ladybirds, of several different species, looking for a safe place to hibernate over the coming winter.