Ongar means 'grass land'. It is a civil parish in the Epping Forest district of Essex, and has a population of 6, 609 people. It includes Chipping Ongar, Greensted, Marden Ash, Greensted Green and Shelley. It is located approximately 21 miles northeast of London and has large sections of open land.
The Ongar area is served by 5 primary schools; Chipping Ongar, Shelley, Fyfield Dr. Walkers, High Ongar and Moreton and a secondary school, The Ongar Academy. There was also a longwave radio transmitter at Ongar.
The Ongar Leisure Centre has a swimming pool for general swimming and swim lessons, sports hall for badminton, netball, table tennis, basketball, and gymnastics. It also provides fitness classes and has a gym with sessions for particular age groups. There are also clubs for other activities like running, martial arts and badminton clubs.