Hainault Forest Country Park
Hainault Forest Country Park is one of our Green Flag Award open spaces. It is a large park with woodlands and a variety of activities to take part in.
In January 2017, the park was awarded funding of £4.5million from the Heritage Lottery Fund with a further investment of £1.5m by the council to go towards the overall improvement of the much-loved woodland. Read more about the investment
Boating lakeYou can hire a boat to take out on the lake and get up close and personal with the wildlife and enjoy great views of the park. View more information on boat hire and training
Foxburrows Farm and zooOur farm within the park keeps a whole range of animals for you to come and visit for free, including farm animals, meerkats, owls and exotic birds. Check the board on arrival to see which animals are available for that day. Open 7 days a week until 5pm during the summer months and 3pm during the winter months. Free entry.
CaféGlobal café is located within the park and has a great selection of food and beverages. If you would like more information about the café such as opening times or what they have to offer, please contact them directly on 020 8500 0935.
- adventure play areas and woodland trail behind the lake
- fishing lake
- guided walks
- nature trails, sculpture trail and forest nature trail
- Nordic walking
- dog free picnic area
- public toilets
Hire the park
Our parks and outdoor spaces including park buildings are available to hire for large or small events.
If you would like to use the park for training businesses such as bootcamps, personal training or sports coaching you will need to apply for a permit. For prices and more information, please contact parks and open spaces on 020 8708 3141 (open 5 days a week from 8am to 5pm)
To apply for a permit, please complete an application form (PDF 54KB) and return it to the address given on the form.
There is no allocated parking for coaches. If you wish to bring a coach party to Hainault you will need to notify the park in advance by emailing email@example.com
The Hainault Forest restoration project will be looking to bring back a natural and wild ancient landscape, restoring the Forest to a time prior to deforestation in the 19th century and helping it become a premier destination in the South East.
We will be creating a much stronger connection to the Forest, with renovated buildings, farm, café, lake, meadows, glades and woodland, with an exciting range of events, volunteering and training opportunities and education programmes, which will bring the forest to life and help improve the visitor experience. We will also ensure there is space within this landscape for existing amenity and recreation value.
Currently we are in the detailed design phase and by the end of 2018 we will submit our designs and plans for the forest to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their approval and the release of funds to move to the construction and delivery phase. If successful and following a tendering process, we should see works commence on the ground late 2019. We hope that the project will be complete by 2021.
Visitor Observation Study
We are currently looking for volunteers to help us carry out a Visitor Observation Study for Hainault Forest following two mapped routes. If you fancy an excellent walk around the Forest and want to participate in developing the project, why not give it a try. The study will provide us with an evidence base to build our case for the second phase of project funding to restore the Forest and Farm. You will receive full training in how to carry out the simple study which will help us learn a lot about who uses the Forest and how, providing evidence to inform the Business and Activity Plans for Hainault Forest and Farm. You will not be required to speak to anyone during the study, simply walk the suggested route provided and record visitor information based on what you can readily observe.
Sign up for the Spring Study
For those interested in volunteering we will be arranging another workshop, consisting of a 1 hour classroom training session and a 1 hour walk around the park to practice the exercise during early Spring 2018. If you would like to sign up for this training please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
You can help us look after the forest. Come to regular conservation volunteer sessions with the Hainault Forest rangers. Email us for more information
How to find us
Information for all parks
- see our car parking and park rules
- view park opening and closing times (PDF 85KB)
- make an enquiry or report a problem