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• Loughton Brook is a tributary of the River Roding • Roding Road is part of the long distance path ‘Three Forest Way’ which connects Hatfield Forest, Hainault Forest and Epping Forest • This project covers an important green corridor which helps to connect up our open spaces

• The project team would welcome your views on the project • The project will be funded by grants and contributions • Some of the work will be carried out by volunteers

The Meadow The area on the school side of Loughton Brook will be enlarged and made open to the public by repositioning of the school boundary fence. A new footpath to connect the two bridges and cross the corner of Roding Gardens will pass through wildflower meadow and an open space with seats. The area between the existing footpath and Loughton Brook will be cleared of brambles and scrub, existing specimen trees will be

retained and pruned to allow light into the space. The ground will be planted with spring bulbs and woodland flowers in the style of woodland glades. The vegetation closest to the railings will be thinned out or removed to make the footpath ‘feel’ more open. There will be an interpretation board with information about this section of Loughton Brook and its connections to the wider environment.

Vision for the Meadow

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• New public open space • Green corridor in an urban environment • Visual improvement

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The Brook, Loughton

Vision for the Woodland • Nature conservation • Visual improvement • No public access

Vision for the Rose Garden • Formal ornamental garden • Access to Loughton Brook from the footpath • Visual improvement

Vision for the School Gardens • Outdoor and participative educational space for the School • Visual improvement • No public access

The Woodland There will be an interpretation board with information about this section of Loughton Brook and its connections to the wider environment. This area of Loughton Brook will be cleared of brambles and scrub, existing specimen trees will be retained and pruned to allow light into the space. The ground will be planted with spring bulbs and woodland flowers in the style of woodland glades. The vegetation closest to the railings will be thinned out or removed to make the footpath ‘feel’ more open.

Where possible the existing poor condition chain link fencing and aggressive metal fencing will be replaced with railing to match the adjacent areas and improve visibility into the woodland. Public art will be commissioned and placed within the woodland spaces. These could be green/organic pieces that have been created by the School or local evening classes.

School Gardens The area between the existing footpath and Loughton Brook will be cleared of brambles and scrub, existing specimen trees will be retained and pruned to allow light into the space. The ground will be planted with spring bulbs and woodland flowers in the style of woodland glades. The vegetation closest to the railings will be thinned out or removed to make the footpath ‘feel’ more open. On the school side of Loughton Brook the vegetation will be managed with wildlife in mind. Where possible new trees will be planted and grass will be left long to encourage wild flowers, birds and insects. The current fence will be replaced with railings along the top of the embankment to match the adjacent areas. There will be a line of ‘cut logs’ on end to act as seating and to help demark the area.

The Rose Garden This area will be the most formal and ‘gardenesque’ of the Brook Project. There is currently a rose bed and seat which will be improved and added to. The large conifers will be removed if feasible to open out the area and let in more light. The current low railing between the Rose Garden and the footpath will be restored or replaced. There will either be a railing on the top of the brick wall next to Loughton Brook or there will be fencing and trellis between Loughton Brook and the Rose Garden for safety. There will be an interpretation board with

information about this section of Loughton Brook and its connections to the wider environment. The corner of Roding Gardens adjacent to the Rose Gardens will be cleared of bramble, scrub and young Ash trees. Laurel will be added to create a hedge where there is currently a railing. The railing will be removed from the path edge and re-positioned along the top of the brick wall next to Loughton Brook. The grass will be short mown and planted with spring bulbs.

The Brook Project

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