Conservation for the nation: New landscaping at Langtons House, Hornchurch

Conservation for the nation: New landscaping at Langtons House, Hornchurch

The Thames Chase Conservation Volunteers completed some terrific new landscaping at Langtonā€™s House in May

Conservation work is at the core of the Thames Chase Plan. Regenerating the landscape across the Community Forest – from Brentwood and Thurrock to Barking and Dagenham – is what we were set up to deliver.

The volunteers in the conservation group deliver a huge range of projects, from pathway clearing to river restoration.

Their latest initiative was a little closer to communities, at the historic listed Langtons House, in Hornchurch.

Over seven days between Easter and the May half term, the team installed some new in features in Fielders Field alongside Langtons Gardens as part of a big project funded by the Lottery Heritage Fund.

On Tuesday 21 May, they laid the final plank in the newly-crafted boardwalk, which traverses a dry pebble stream with a small pond and viewing platform.

It complements the willow walk and bench and bower erected earlier this month, situated beside the new play equipment and outdoor theatre that have been installed by Havering Council. The Volunteers have also installed some new raised beds for planting in the orchard, as well as leaflet holders and benches.

Becky Gibson, Conservation Volunteers Team Leader at the Thames Chase Trust, said:

“We’re delighted to have been able to deliver this project. Improving people’s experience and access of the outdoors across the Community Forest is vital to enhancing the value and purpose of the Trust’s work for over 650,000 people who live in around the region.

“People often think about conservation or the work we do as either planting trees or clearing up degraded areas of woodland or meadows. But our team have a range of skills, and we’re excited about working on projects such as this that obviously enhance visitors’ experiences of Langtons House and its grounds.”

The Thames Chase Plan

The ambitious Thames Chase Plan has a number of key projects and objectives to deliver as part of our work to regenerate the landscape across the Community Forest.

Conservation activities are a huge part of this, fitting into each of the five pillars (Forestry, Landscape regeneration, Access, People and Promotion).

Read the plan in full online to learn more about how we at the Trust are working to further enhance the natural environment, along with our many partners.

Have you got a job for the team?

If you are a landowner or know of a space in the local area that needs a bit more than just some TLC to restore or rewild the region, contact us by email, by phone (01708 642970) or in person at the Forest Centre to find out how we can work with you to improve the landscape.

This could be from tree or hedge planting, cutting back trees and shrubs on pathways or repairing fences and sties on footpaths.

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