In recent months we have been in discussion with Epping Forest management about the possibility of carrying out some scrub clearance in the area north of the Perch Pond. Our intention has been to extend our geophysical survey to the most probable location of the Roman villa.
Agreement has now been reached, and work will begin at 10:00am on Wednesday 22 February. It will be extended into the next two days if necessary.
In order to minimise disturbance, clearance work has to be completed by the beginning of March, when birds and animals are starting to become active and breed. This is accordingly a unique opportunity for this year. It is very exciting to think that a site which has tantalised archaeologists for many years may now be within weeks of yielding up some of its secrets.
Volunteers to assist with this work will be most welcome, but please let us know by e-mail that you are coming beforehand!
For health and safety reasons, we will be working in a group with a keeper present. An Epping Forest trainee with a chainsaw will be present to help with some of the heavier tasks.
Please bring -
Appropriate waterproof, thorn-proof clothing.
Strong boots - we suggest to knee height if possible to reduce scratching from brambles.
Strong gardening gloves. Although some can be provided, it's healthier if you bring your own.
Tools will be provided but these get used a lot so you might want to bring your own loppers and bow saw.
Please note -
The café will not be open so bring hot drinks and a packed lunch.
Parking is usually possible in or near Northumberland Avenue, where the park entrance is located.
Please meet by the refreshment kiosk.
Contact us if there's any doubt due to weather conditions.