Havering Country Park
Grid ref: TQ 500 924 (click for o/s map)
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Havering country park is mainly mature mixed woodland, plus some areas of meadow. It includes some ancient hazel coppice and one of the few established pine woods in this part of Essex, which attracts pine specialists such as goldcrests (which breed here) and coal tits.
High on the ridge the soil is gravelly and here you find birch, gorse and bracken, while the damper, heavier clay soil of the valley to the south favours oak, hornbeam and bramble. The wildflower meadows are cut for hay in September. Agrimony, birdsfoot trefoil and ox-eye daisy grow there
Access via Clockhouse Lane, which runs north from the roundabout in Collier Row where Collier Row Lane (B174 from Eastern Avenue, A12) meets Chase Cross Road. Pedestrian access also from Havering-atte-Bower along Wellingtonia Avenue.
Frequent buses run from Romford and terminate at the main (Clockhouse Lane) entrance.
Accessible at all times. Car parks open from dawn to dusk.
May for migrant songbirds and early flowers in the woodland; June–July for wild flowers in the meadows; autumn for tree colours.
Vehicle access from Wellingtonia Avenue via a radar key obtainable from Havering Council or from the Park Office (call 01708 720858).