Tylers Common is a fairly large block of common land with free public access. Much of the site is dominated by coarse grasses such as common and creeping bents (Agrostis capillaris and A. stolonifera), false oat-grass (Arrhenatherum elatius) and tufted hair-grass (Deschampsia cespitosa). However, land sloping to the south, east and west margins supports more herb-rich grassland with species such as agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria), bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) and common knapweed (Centaurea nigra) occurring frequently. These areas also include rarer species - sneezewort (Achillea ptarmica), associated with old grassland, and dwarf gorse (Ulex minor), rare in London and possibly a remnant of heathland vegetation.

There are areas of scrub and colonising tree saplings. The boundaries to the north and east are marked by hedges dominated by blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), elm (Ulmus sp.) and hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), with a proportion of gorse (Ulex europaeus) in the northern hedge.

The site supports a range of common butterflies including common blue, Essex skipper and meadow brown. The site supports a range of breeding birds including skylark and meadow pipit.

The two ponds have well-developed and moderately diverse vegetation. The larger northern pond contains a stonewort (possibly Chara globularis var. globularis) while the southern pond has abundant broad-leaved pondweed (Potamogeton natans). Both support good numbers of common dragonflies and may be of value to amphibians.

Additional areas to the south along Tomkyns Lane and Shepherd's Hill are also common land. They include an area of oak (Quercus robur) trees with a ground flora including three-nerved sandwort (Moerhingia trinervia) and wavy hair-grass (Deschampsia flexuosa) and elsewhere, a rich mosaic of scrub, tall herb, neutral grassland and old boundary oaks.

This 28ha (70 acre) site is the last substantial area of common land in Havering. Also known as Upminster Common, it was successfully defended from enclosure by local people in the early 1950’s.

Opening Hours:

8am till 1/2 hr before Dusk

Features of the Park include:

  • Site Area: 72.4 acres (29.31Ha)
  • Site Type: Common
  • Site Users: Pedestrians/Horse-riders
  • Path Length: 2.3km (unsurfaced)
  • Car Park: Yes, Free

Public Transport:

  • Nearest Train/Tube: Harold Wood Station, 2km
  • Nearest Bus stop: Shepherds Hill, 0.6km
  • Bus Number: 347

Contact information:

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


Nags head Lane, Upminster, RM14 1TS

OS Grid ref: TQ 5647 9057

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