Merrymeades Country Park
Grid ref: TQ 600 948 (click for o/s map)
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A country park close to the centre of Brentwood, formerly part of the grounds of Anglia Polytechinc University. It is mainly grassland, cut twice a year, with patches of scrub, a small area of woodland, a pond and a stream.
Cuckoo flower, heath bedstraw, pignut and devilsbit scabious grow in the meadows, which support good numbers of grassland butterflies in summer. The mature hedgerows have some large oaks, with occasional hornbeam, field maple and hawthorn, and provide shelter and nest sites for a variety of birds.
Access via a public footpath leaving Sawyers Hall Lane or from the same footpath off Hall Lane. Sawyers Hall Lane leaves Shenfield Road east of Wilson's Corner in the centre of Brentwood.
Frequent buses along Shenfield Road.
Accessible at all times.