Radical Landscapes, a free exhibition about 200 years of control over Epping Forest at the Chingford Visitor Centre



Radical landscapes - London’s Epping Forest
Exhibition at Epping Forest Visitor Centre at Rangers Road, Chingford E4 7QH

Saturday 21 October 2023 to Sunday 31 March 2024


In the summer of 1871, thousands of ordinary Londoners, gathered on Wanstead Flats to hear speeches against ‘enclosure’ and to protest the loss of common land. They stayed to tear down and destroy fences erected by would-be property developers. The campaign, in the 1860s and 1870s, a radical coalition across social divides, led to the preservation of Epping Forest as a public green space under the protection of the City of London Corporation as its Conservators.
This exhibition explores - through 200 years of popular prints and images - the shifting balance of power and control over the land now known as Epping Forest. From royal hunting ground to quiet paradise of green space for recreation and wildlife, the survival of its ancient pollarded trees appears to confirm continuity. But what’s a forest for? And who determines who has access to its resources? Such questions have inspired lawyers and artists, protestors and philanthropists and prompted new and radical thinking about what is to be valued in a shared landscape.

Visit the Visitor Centre website to check on the current opening times: Epping Forest Visitor Centre at Chingford - City of London



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Map & Directions

Road Directions

The View is on Rangers Road just on the edge of Chingford. There is disabled parking at the venue and a car park very close by.

Public Transport Directions

The View is a short walk from Chingford Overground and bus stations. Upon leaving each station turn right into High Street and continue along as it becomes Rangers Road. The View is on the left just past the Royal Forest.

Radical landscapes - Epping Forest


Epping Forest Visitor's Centre, Rangers Road, Chingford, London, E4 7QH

Tel: 020 8532 1010

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