Epping Forest Coursework

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Page 3          Introduction, Location & History

Page 4         Map of Epping

Page 5         Methodology

Page 6         Methodology –&Questions I want to answer

Page 7                 Questions I want to answer (cont.) & Hypothesis

Page 8          Data Limitations

Page 9          Raw Data

Page 10          Analysis and Data Presentation

Page 11         Analysis and Data Presentation

Page 12         Analysis and Data Presentation

Page 13         Analysis and Data Presentation

Page 16         Analysis and Data Presentation, Conclusion & Evaluation

Visitor Impact on Epping Forest


The purpose of this coursework is to find out about the impact which visitors have had on Epping Forest. Epping Forest has recreational, aesthetic and educational values, so is a perfect place for visitors. I feel that considerable damage has probably been caused to the environment due to the large number of visitors, and it is with this coursework where I will try to find out whether I am right. After analysis of my results I will also try to find ways in which any problems can be solved and bad situation can be improved.

Aims: To find out:  what attracts people to Epping Forest?

                       ,what activities do people do in Epping Forest?  

                                   ,what impact do visitors have on the environment?

                       ,how well Epping Forest is being managed?

The Location

Epping Forest is located just north of London. It is the largest open space in the vicinity of London and Essex – in fact it is the largest open space near any capital city in the world that has never been ploughed or cultivated.

The A104 a main road goes right through Epping Forest. The main road which goes away from Epping Forest is M11 from Woodford (page 2). You can also take the central line eastbound. As you can see from this map, you can get to Epping from main stations such as Liverpool Street, Stratford and Bank.

Figure 1.0


Prior to 1878, Epping Forest was used as a burial place, farming area, hunting area and for timber. In 1878 the corporation of London took over Epping’s conservation for recreation and paths. They passed the Epping Forest act and Epping was made a protected area. They looked to maintain open space for recreation and maintain Epping’s ‘natural aspect’.  

Figure 1.1 – Map of Epping Forest


The First thing I had to do was to take an excursion to Epping Forest to find out the situation. In this excursion we took several measurements of information and observed the areas in two different parts of Epping Forest. We took recordings of the count of vegetation in a specific area, looked at the management of the Forest and evaluated the amount of Public Pressure on each area.

During the excursion I would be taking measurements of several different things which included natural and human factors.

Natural factor measurements:

Type & amount of vegetation: looking at these would help us determine whether or not humans have affected the area. This will be measured with a quadrant and the human eye.

Trampling Scale & Soil compactions: this will show how much of an impact that humans have made to the soil in an area, therefore telling us whether or not they have affected it. Trampling Scale will be measured on a scale of 1-6 and the Soil compaction will be measured with a Penetrometer.

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Human Factor measurements:

Why/How/Where do tourists come to Epping Forest: All of these will be taken from questionnaires I will hand out during the excursion. They will help me to know what attracts people to Epping and what can be done to improve any problematic situations.

Management of Epping Forest: In this I will look at types of management undertaken in places, such as Car parks, Litter Bins, Footpaths and Toilets. I will use bi-polar measurements on scales from -3 to 3. These will help me to see how the council is coping with increasing numbers of tourists ...

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Overall rating: 4 out of 5. - Well structured report. - Clear and concise descriptions and explanations throughout. - More detail could be added by further extending explanations and reasons when analysing results. - Some appropriate links between data. -An overall conclusion referring to the title would improve the conclusion section. - The evaluation is a weaker part of this report.