Epping Forest goes gold after wowing Green Tourism Business Scheme

The Duke of Gloucester (left) with Gordon Haines at the opening of The View in 2012
The Duke of Gloucester (left) with Gordon Haines at the opening of The View in 2012

London's biggest green space, Epping Forest, has been given a gold accreditation for its environmentally-friendly visitor buildings.

A new visitor centre, The View, and the centuries-old Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge have both been awarded a gold accreditation by the Green Tourism Business Scheme, honouring environmental features and overall visitor experience.

The judging team praised The View’s "high levels of insulation, glazing and solar panels" which reduced energy costs, its sensor taps and the rainwater flush toilets.

Gordon Haines, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Epping Forest committee, which runs the forest said:

"The Epping Forest Gateway is already proving to be very popular and a great success. I’m very pleased that our efforts have been recognised. We are extremely proud of our heritage in the Forest and we are confident that this award will encourage even more visitors to this ancient woodland."

Epping Forest currently attracts over four million visits a year and stretches 12 miles from Manor Park in east London to just north of Epping in Essex.

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