A narrow corridor of open space surrounded by dense urban development and disrupted by busy roads and two railway lines. There is pressure on this zone for outdoor activities, with the majority of space devoted to formal sports pitches and school playing fields. The corridor also supports a valuable wildlife resource including the Chase Nature Reserve and diverse habitats linked by the beam river.
A large proportion of the land in the corridor is owned by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, and the London Borough of Havering. Crown Farm forms the only land still in agriculture. This is also the first peice of open countryside experienced on the A12 coming out of London.
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