The habitat of the site today is managed carefully to an agreed Management Plan. This was drawn up by conservation specialists following detailed surveys of the plant and animal life of the area, and is intended to maximise the value of the rarer habitats already inherent in the site. Regular management is necessary if the whole site is not to develop into mature woodland.
The Conservators of Epping Forest look after the management of the three southernmost fields, and the Friends of Swaines Green work with Epping Forest Countrycare to manage the habitat of Lovelock's Meadow to this agreed Management Plan. This involves mustering teams of volunteers to carry out the work, which is done during the period of October to March, when plants are not actively growing, birds are not nesting, and other animals are not breeding.
Our most regular activity is the monthly ‘Conservation Day’ which is held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. This can include anything from clearing pathways to building bridges, cleaning up streams and cutting back scrub.
We always welcome volunteers who enjoy a bit of physical work in the countryside! If you'd like to come, turn up in work clothes to the Coronation Hill entrance at 10am on the second Sunday of the winter months - see our Events Calendar for more information.
If you would like more information about helping our conservation work, please contact us.
In 2014, the Friends of Swaines Green and Epping Forest Countrycare won a Wildlife Trusts Living Landscapes Award for the work they have been undertaking on Lovelock's Meadow. The award is given to local groups who have been working to create, manage and improve green spaces for wildlife, the community and the local economy. This award reflects the hard work put into the site by the Friends of Swaines Green and Countrycare staff and volunteers.