Cranham Brickfields

Photo Credit: Paul Vine

The Brickfields are a locally important informal recreation site for Cranham residents.

Cranham Brickfields is a real gem, containing an outstanding array of different wildlife habitats within a postage stamp sized nature reserve. What’s more, the site is also designated by the Greater London Authority as a Grade I Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation. There’s a decent sized pond here where you can see great crested newts and grass snakes, wildflower meadows, scrub, look out for briar rose, and woodland. Spring and summer are a great time to visit when the meadows are in flower and the scrub creates song posts for a great variety of migrant birds.

The site has had a number of past uses. Not only has it been used for excavating clay to make bricks but it has been a football pitch, it was cultivated for food during the main war effort, and at one time there was a boating lake here!

The site is good for all kinds of recreation including sports or walking the dog. There is a circular hardened pathway around the site and pond dipping platform. It is a peaceful oasis on the edge of Cranham. The site can also be used for school visits for wildlife studies.

Special plants and animals:
Dyer's greenweed, pepper saxifrage, slow worm, common lizard, stag beetle, butterflies and great crested newt.

Opening Hours:

Accessible at all times

Features of the Park include:

  • Site Area: 22 acres (8.9 ha)
  • Site Type: Local Nature Reserve
  • Site Users: Pedestrians
  • Path Length: 1km (unsurfaced)
  • Car Park – In the north west corner of the site, free
  • The site is not wheelchair accessible. There is open access over the entire site. You can find more information about the site, including a map on The Brickfield Birder website.
  • Getting there: There is a public right of way running through the site from Sunnycroft Gardens to St. Mary's Lane.
  • Site Leaflet – Soon to be available online
  • Children’s Play Area

Public Transport:

  • Nearest Train/Tube: Upminster – 4km
  • Nearest Bus stop: Front Lane
  • Bus Number: 248

Contact information:

  • Site Management Organisation: London Borough of Havering
  • Site Manager: London Borough of Havering Parks Service
  • Phone: 01708 434743
  • Email: parks@havering.gov.uk
  • Website

Address:

Sunnycroft Gardens, Cranham, Upminster RM14 1HR

OS Ref: TQ 580 875


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