The central visitor centre for Epping Forest, The View, on Rangers Road in Chingford, has been accredited with museum status by Arts Council England.
The accreditation serves as a hallmark of excellence for the centre.
In order to qualify, the management of The View, the services it offers and how its collections are cared for, had to meet a set of standards designed to measure the quality of museums and exhibitions across the UK.
This means that The View, which is run by the City of London Corporation, will now be able to display the prestigious museum logo at The View and other sites open to the public like The Temple, Wanstead Park where there are museum objects on display.
Sophie Lillington, the City of London Corporation’s museum and heritage manager at Epping Forest said: “We are thrilled with this accreditation which recognizes the quality of the museum collection for Epping Forest.
“We hope it will encourage more people to visit and look at our wide ranging collections which interpret and celebrate Epping Forest and the lives of the people who have lived and worked in the area.”
The City of London Corporation manages 11,000 acres of green space in London and south east England including Epping Forest. Epping Forest is London’s largest green space. It attracts 4.5 million visits every year and has over one million trees, some of which are up to 1,000 years old.