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An essential first stop on any visit to the forest, whether you’re a regular or first-timer!


The Visitor Centre

The Hainault Forest Visitor Centre, run by the Woodland Trust, is a one-stop shop to find out everything you might need to get the best out of your day at the forest.

Get your bearings and decide where to explore at our large map table.

Uncover the fascinating history, heritage and wildlife significance of Hainault Forest through our exhibits, displays and interactives.

Discover how the partnership between the Woodland Trust, Vision RCL and London Borough of Redbridge is helping to create a sustainable future for the forest and the wildlife that calls it home.

Your Visit

Our friendly team are here to help

Find out what’s on in and around the forest, and what wildlife highlights to look out for when stepping out into the woods.

Pick up a leaflet to help navigate the 9 way-marked trails around the forest, or to discover more about seasonal highlights, history and more.

Chat to us! Our visitor centre team are always on hand to provide a warm welcome to Hainault Forest and to answer any questions you may have about your visit. They can also tell you about the important work of the Woodland Trust and how you can help secure the long-term future of magnificent woodlands like Hainault Forest.

The Gift Shop

Pick up a treat, either for yourself or a loved one, in our well stocked gift shop. From tea towels to toiletries, books to birdfeeders, our carefully curated collection of ethically sourced products has something for everyone.

Opening Times

The visitor centre is open 7 days a week, 10am – 4pm.
Pop in and say hello!


Hainault Forest needs you

We’re on the lookout for some extra people to join our friendly team of volunteers who help us run the centre and provide a warm welcome for all of our visitors – head over to our volunteering page to find out more.

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