These parks are very well used, and the lake attracts common water birds; great crested grebe and tufted duck breed regularly, mute swan occasionally. There are two islands, both covered in woodland of sycamore, oak, horse chestnut and common lime. The Friends of Raphael and Lodge Farm Parks, in partnership with Havering Parks Service, is actively engaged in the park's maintenance and conservation and organises numerous activities.
Raphael Park is the western section of the former landscaped grounds of the Gidea Park Estate and lies to the north-east of Romford in the Romford Garden Suburb (q.v.). The southern boundary of the park is Main Road, the A118, which crosses the canal at Black's Bridge at its southern end.
41 Main Rd
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