The nature reserve is situated on the junction of Forest Road and Romford Road, which is on 247 and 362 bus routes. It is just under 2 miles to Fairlop underground station. Access is from Forest Road, opposite Forest Park Cemetery.
There is a nature trail within the reserve and leaflets are available upon request. Global Café - The café is open from 9.30am-4pm weather permitting. Green Flag Award three times - 2006/07, 2009/10 and 2010/11 Parking with charges.
What to see:
What remains of Hainault Forest today is a fine example of old wood pasture: pasture-woodland. Species to see include, the orange tip and speckled wood butterlies, in winter there there are frequent sightings of long-tailed tits, robins, great spotted and green woodpeckers. The disued bolier room has been converted into a bat hibernaculum. The site is home to an interesting variety of plants including butcher's broom, foxgloves and red campion. The site of the former hunting lodge is still visible and the former stable yard had an interesting variety of old cobbles. The old orchard still conatins a number of fruit trees including quince.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups:
Havering and Redbridge Wildlife and Countryside Group (meet most Sundays) contact: John Carter Tel. 01708 720 325
Contacts for further information and how to get involved: