Buckhurst Hill Today
Largely surrounded by pockets of Epping Forest, this has protected Buckhurst Hill from the vast expansion experienced by so many areas outside London and has allowed it to retain a small, almost village-like atmosphere. In the 2001 census. Buckhurst Hill has a population of just over 10,000 residents with roughly 2,599 under the age of 25. However, its position just beyond the city as well as right on the edge of the magnificent Forest makes it is a very desirable place to live across the age spectrum.
Lord's Bushes is Buckhurst Hill’s very own part of the Forest. Residents and visitors to the area use it for all sorts of activities, including walking, running and dog walking. There is an easy access path through the trees which also wanders around the lake in the adjoining Knighton Wood.
Roding Valley Meadows, with reeds and water lilies in and around the lake provides an ideal habitat for amphibians, dragonflies and waterfowl, so it’s a great location to spot wildlife. With Roding Valley Recreation Ground, complete with a play park suitable for a wide range of ages, football pitches and footpaths, on the other side of the lake, this whole vast area is great place for families to use.
Linder’s Field, Local Nature Reserve, is full of ancient trees, wild flowers and stunning views.
Buckhurst Hill has fantastic public transport links to London via Buckhurst Hill and Roding Valley Underground Stations on the Central Line. Chingford-Liverpool Street British Rail Line is nearby, along with the M25 & M11 and several bus routes. (see Location map for details)
There are many other facilities including those connected to health, religion and leisure to name a few. There are two community halls, a ball park, allotments, a community centre and a library in Queens Road.
Buckhurst Hill has two very popular primary schools (see links) as well as a wide variety of private education available.
Queen's Road is the centre for shopping in Buckhurst Hill although there are other traders and services in the area.
Buckhurst Hill featured on the ITV series Essex Wives a show about women in the local area who were either in business or fairly affluent. It is said to form part of the Essex golden triangle of wealthy places alongside Loughton and Chigwell. A second program, The Only Way Is Essex takes place in some of the boutiques in Queen's Road. From the title of this program the expression TOWIE was born! The most popular star of this program is probably Buckhurst Hill resident and very successful participant in ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Mark Wright. Other famous residents have been Aaron Lennon, Tottenham and England footballer, comedian Ed Byrne and politician Richard Crossman.