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Highams Park is pollard woodland of oak and hornbeam that was landscaped by Humphrey Repton in the 1790s. The River Ching flows into it from the north to feed one of the largest lakes in the Forest, which supports many species of dragonfly.
It has carpets of bluebells in spring, along with red campion, wood anemone and periwinkle. The woodland to the south has some large oaks, hornbeam coppice and some planted conifers. The small ponds in the open grassland in the south-east corner are rich in wildlife, including great crested newts
North of the junction between the A406 North Circular and A104 Woodford New Road, stretching to Chingford Hatch in the north. No parking areas in the Forest. SatNav: E4 9LA.
Highams Park station is a short walk away. Buses from Walthamstow to Loughton via Woodford Green run along Woodford New Road.
Accessible at all times.