Chelmsford & Brentwood

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Chelmsford has been the county town of Essex for many centuries, lying roughly at its centre. The Rivers Can and Chelmer join in the east of the town then flow east to the Blackwater Estuary. Hanningfield Reservoir lies a few miles to the south.

Its largest single wildlife site is Hylands Park, an historic park south-west of the town. There are a few small sites in the valley of the Chelmer and a cluster around the reservoir, while Danbury to the east is ringed by valuable sites, much of it former common land. South of Chelmsford there is another well-preserved ancient common at Galleywood, and a couple of small ancient woods.

Brentwood to the south-east has two large historic parkland sites close by – Thorndon (with some recent additions) and Weald. North of Brentwood is what remains of Writtle Forest, privately owned but with some public access, and still with the feel of a medieval forest.

Billericay has Norsey Wood, probably the finest ancient wood in the area, and some equally fine wildflower meadows.

Chelmer Valley Riverside
Crowsheath Community Woodland
Crowsheath Wood
Danbury
   Backwarden
   Blake's Wood
   Danbury Common
   Danbury Country Park
   Danbury Ridge
   Heather Hills
   Hitchcock's Meadows
   Holybred Wood
   Lingwood Common
Galleywood Common
Hanningfield Reservoir
Hutton Country Park
Hylands Park
Laindon Common
Little Waltham Meadows
Merrymeades Country Park
Mill Meadows
Newland Grove
Norsey Wood
Queens Park CP
St Faiths Country Park
Swan Wood
The Mores
Thorndon
   Donkey Lane Plantation
   Hartswood
   Little Warley Common
   The Old Park
   Thorndon Park
   Warley Gap
Thrift Wood
Warley Country Park
Warley Place
Waterhall Meadows
Weald Country Park
Writtle Forest