This long, narrow site of 46ha (115 acres) was once grazed by cattle, owned by "commoners". This grazing ceased around the end of the 19th century and most of the Common was naturally colonised by trees. The southern end, however, remained quite open and is now managed under a Countryside Stewardship scheme.
Little Warley Common and Hartswood are varied sites containing areas of semi-natural broad-leaved woodland, ancient parkland, dwarf-shrub heath and fen, which together provide a range of habitats. The variety of species present on these sites results from the habitat variety. There are many native species including Sessile Oak, Purple Moor-grass, Wavy Hair-grass, Lily of-the-valley, Ground Ivy, Pendulous Sedge and Moschatel. The areas of parkland contain old oak pollards and standards growing over grassland where you may see Yorkshire Fog and Soft Rush. The area of dry acidic dwarf-shrub heath is dominated by Heather, and Lesser Reedmace dominates in the area of fen. The site also supports an outstanding assemblage of beetles including one species which is rare and vulnerable in Britain.
Both Little Warley Common (woodland) are Hartswood were entered into the Forestry Commission's English Woodland grant Scheme in 2008 for 10 years which provides funding to implement the works identified by Natural England and the Forestry Commission as being required to bring the site into a favourable condition
Accessible at all times
Features of the Park include:
- Site Area: 46 hectares (115 acres)
- Site Type: Common (Woodland)
- Site Users: Public Access
- Path Length: 1.4km (0.6 – rough, 1.3 – unsurfaced)
- Parking: Off Childerditch Lane - Dawn till dusk, Pay and Display
- Site Leaflet: http://www.visitparks.co.uk/media/1017/thorndon-country-park-brentwood-map.pdf
- Nearest Train Station: Brentwood – 3km
- Nearest Bus stop: 1km
- Bus Number: First Thamesway 269
- Site Management Organisation: Brentwood Borough Council
- Phone: 01277 312500
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grid ref: TQ 604 914
Little Warley Common is just off of:
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