The Community Forest for East London and South West Essex

Welcome to Thames Chase - one of just 12 community forests across England.

Thames Chase was established in 1990 to improve landscapes in East London and South Essex. One of 12 Community Forests in England it has been set up to regenerate and enhance the natural environment. The Forest covers 40 sq. miles through Havering, Thurrock, Barking and Dagenham and Brentwood local authorities. It aims over 40yrs to plant 5.5 million trees and turn 30% of the area into woodland.

A Community Forest is a rich mosaic of woods and farms, leisure enterprises, nature areas and public open spaces. It is a landscape for wildlife, work, recreation and education. The forest provides habitats that support a great variety of wildlife.

The project is now managed by the Thames Chase Trust mainly through its


Win Fatima Whitbread's Wenlock from the 2012 Olympic Games, signed by Fatima herself!

£1 per ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the Thames Chase Visitor Centre. To be drawn on Sunday 17th August at the 'Thames Chase' 5K and Fun Run.

5K Results

Well done to everyone who entered


Thames Chase is to the east of London and south-west Essex. It provides the community with a unique, free space.

That means everyone can enjoy everything from nature to educational workshops, sports and special festivals. Explore our website to discover more about us or get in touch with our volunteers at the Visitor Centre in Upminster, Essex.

Upcoming Events

Contact Details

Thames Chase Visitor Centre
The Forest Centre
Pike Lane
RM14 3NS

Opening hours: 10am-5pm weekdays and weekend (10-4pm in the winter). Includes café and shop. Click here for more information about the Visitor Centre at Broadfields.

Tel: 01708 642970
Fax: 01708 640581