Donkey Lane Plantation was planted in the first half of the 19th century with sweet chestnut trees. These have been subsequently "coppiced" – cut to the ground – on a regular cycle to provide sustainable timber since the 1980s.
There is also a pond which is home to 2 newt species, smooth (Lissotrition vulgaris), and more importantly Palmate (Lissotriton helveticus) which has one of the largest breeding populations in the country.
Accessible at all times.
Features of the Park include:
- Site Area: 44acre (18 hectares)
- Site Type: Coppiced woodland
- Site Users: Public Access
- Path Length: 1.4km – Unsurfaced, 0.7km Cyclists and Horse Riders
- Parking: Dawn to dusk
- Access from The Drive in Warley, where there is a parking area, or from Hartswood Road.
- Nearest Train Station: 1.5km (via Hartswood and Little Warley Common) from Thorndon North.
- Nearest Bus stop: 200m. Buses from Brentwood Town Centre run to Eagle Way, Warley
- Bus Number: First Thamesway – 73, 81, 951, 73A, 82
- Site Management Organisation: Brentwood Borough Council
- Phone: 01277 312500
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grid ref: TQ 597 922
Donkey Lane Plantation
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