Bonnetts Wood is off the beaten track providing a quiet haven from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Paths circle blocks of young trees while the often flowered wet meadow and the small boundary stream offer opportunities for quiet nature watching. You may even spot a water vole if you’re very quiet!
In 2012, the site was doubled in size to 33.6 hectares. Working in partnership with Ingrebourne Valley Ltd, the Forestry Commission restored a former landfill site next to Bonnetts Wood, adding new paths, benches and thousands of new trees and shrubs.
Following the successful partnership at Ingrebourne Hill with Ingrebourne Valley Limited, a private land restoration company, the Forestry Commission took on management of a 17ha area of land next to their existing Bonnetts Wood site.
This area of land had been degraded through gravel extraction and landfilling in the 1950s – 1970s, and was an inaccessible area of ‘brownfield’. Ingrebourne Valley Limited capped this site with non-hazardous waste such as builders’ rubble (reportedly some of this from the construction of The Shard).
On completion of the land restoration, the site was handed over the Forestry Commission on a management agreement. Along with tens of thousands of new trees and shrubs planted, almost 1,000 during a community tree planting day, new paths, benches and waymarkers were placed on site to create an accessible space for the local community.
This small piece of greenspace is a welcome addition to the Thames Chase Community Forest network, providing a link to Berwick Glades, Berwick Woods, and on to Hornchurch Country Park.
Accessible at all times
Features of the park include:
- Size: 81.5 acres ( 33ha)
- Site Type: Public Access Woodland
- Walking and cycling: 1.9km (0.8km unsurfaced)
- Horse riding: 1.5km
- Parking is available in Parklands, off Park Farm Road, and Bonnetts Wood entrance is directly opposite the car park.
- Road to access the site
- Picnic tables
- Site Leaflet
- Nearest Train Station: Upminster – 2km
- Nearest Bus Stop: 0.6km
- Bus Number: 373
- Site Management Organisation: Forestry Commission
- Site Manager: Community Ranger
- Phone: 01708 642964
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
OS Ref: TQ 552 842
Bonnetts Wood (Gerpins Lane)
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