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Cely Woods

141ac/57ha  

Grid ref: TQ 560 828 (click for o/s map)

Updated 25/08/2014


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In 2001/2 the Forestry Commission acquired this farmland surrounding the ancient woodlands of Warwick and White Post Woods and has planted parts of it with trees. Open meadows have been left between the woods and north of White Post Wood and natural regeneration from the woods has been encouraged. Running Water Brook crosses the site and a small wetland has been created.

With its mixture of ancient and young woodland, open grassland and wetland, it attracts a good variety of breeding birds, including yellowhammer, whitethroat, willow warbler and reed warbler. Warwick Wood is unmanaged but of special interest because it has a number of mature elms, apparently resistant to Dutch Elm Disease.

The name Cely refers to an Essex merchant family that owned land here in the Middle Ages

Visiting

Access from Romford Road north of Aveley. From Upminster follow Corbets Tey Road (B1421) south, turn right on to Harwood Hall Lane at the Huntsman & Hounds PH, then first left on to Aveley Road. About 1km down turn right into Warwick Lane and the car park is a short way down on the left.

Half-hourly service from Upminster station to Grays runs along Romford Road.

Accessible at all times.


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