Epping Forest

800px-Epping_Forest_pollardAs part of Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday and as Head of the Commonwealth, the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy has been launched to preserve natural forest for future generations in 53 member countries. Epping Forest has joined the project as it is a prime candidate for this initiative. It is innovative, seeks to sustain traditional management of major native woodland in a changing world, and has over 4.5 million visits each year. The Open Spaces Department has a good national and local profile, but this demonstrates our relevance internationally.

Pupils detox to stop malaria

Pupils from City of London Freemen’s School have given up all their digital devices to help raise money to stop malaria. The Juniors were sponsored for a week-long detox from phones, ipads, computer games and Malaria_No_More_logoscreens of any kind. Some students found the sacrifice easier than others. “The worst thing was my brother teasing me,” explained Sophia Barton from Year Four, one of the top fundraisers for the project. “He put the TV on and I had to go to my room.” For Year Seven’s Kishan Patel, however, “the worst thing was not allowed being on your phone”. The young fundraisers did enjoy the experience though. “I got to spend more time talking to my family,” said William Smith in Year Four. Clara Harris in Year Seven said “I got more work done and had more free time with my sister.” The pupils’ sacrifice means that they have now raised over £5,000 for charity Malaria No More. For more information on how to donate, please visit the school’s website.

India Visit


The Lord Mayor and his accompanying business delegation had a very fruitful visit to India where the visit focused on Asset Management, Green Finance, Fintech, Internationalisation of the Rupee, and promoting Education, Training and Qualifications. Continue reading India Visit

The Queen’s Birthday Beacons

Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 7.42.33 PMIn celebration of the Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday on 21 April 2016, community groups, organisations or individuals in the City of London are invited to participate in a nation-wide beacon tribute.

There is a long and unbroken tradition in this country of celebrating Royal jubilees, weddings, coronations and special birthdays with the lighting of beacons – on top of mountains, churches and castle battlements, on town and village greens, farms, country parks and estates, and along the beaches surrounding our shores. And the City of London is no exception.

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