The Old Park is located within Thorndon Country Park and compromises of a series of newly planted woods, a network of hedgerows, veteran trees and extensive areas of open ground. Part of the current design harks back to a time when the area formed part of a early 18th Century Capability Brown landscaped park and is registered as a Grade II Outstanding Historic Park which was originally laid out in 1412.
Contrary to its name, this is actually a young woodland on a grand scale in an old park. It is a great site to bring children, with lots of space to run around. Combined with the amenities provided at Thorndon Country Park, this makes a great day out.
The Woodland Trust acquired this site in 1992, as one of its "Plant-a-Wood" sites. The Trust planted the former arable farmland in "parkland" style; with blocks of oak, ash, sweet chestnut and hornbeam within extensive meadows.
Features of the Park include:
- Site Area: 54.33 ha (134.25 acres)
- Site Type: Public Access Woodland and extensive areas of grassland
- Site Users: Open to all
- Path Length: 2.5km (0.2km – Rough, 2.3km – Unsurfaced)
- Parking: Less than 500m away (Thorndon Country Park South)
- Dogs, cyclists and horse riding welcome
- Nearest Train Station: Brentwood – 3.9km
- Nearest Bus stop: 1.5km
- Bus Number: First Thamesway – 73, 73A, 269
- Site Management Organisation: The Woodland Trust
- Phone: 08452935723
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Old Park
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