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The Manor

174ac/70ha  LNR

Grid ref: TQ 551 928 (click for o/s map)

Updated 25/08/2014

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Dagnam Park was part of the former Manor of Dagnam. Across the centre is ancient parkland, sandwiched between two small ancient woodlands. It has a number of ponds in some of which great crested newts breed. The ancient grasslands in the east of the park are managed as hay meadows, and are rich in wild flowers and insects in summer.

Many fallow deer visit, and it attracts a range of woodland birds, including hawfinches that sometimes visit in winter.

Duck Wood to the south is another ancient woodland. It has ten ponds, some open and surrounded by vegetation, others shady and overhung by shrubs and trees. Unusual aquatic plants such as starwort can found here. It has carpets of bluebells in spring, and many other wild flowers including ancient woodland specialists: wood anemones, wood violets and others


Off Settle Road in the north of Harold Hill, Romford. Turn off the A12 on to Gooshays Drive east of Gallows Corner, then turn right at the roundabout on to Dagnam Park Drive. Settle Road turns off on the left.

Bus services from Romford run along Dagnam Park Drive.

Accessible at all times.

May to August for birds, wild flowers and insects.

Photo © Andrew Cox