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Gilbert's Slade

126ac/51ha  SSSI

Grid ref: TQ 394 898

Updated 31/12/2023.

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Gilbert's Slade, to the east of Woodford New Road, is open woodland with many fine old oak and hornbeam pollards and an open glade at its centre. It has many patches of common cow-wheat, food plant of the heath fritillary butterfly, and tormentil, with ling heather here and there.

Rising Sun Wood across the road also has many old pollards, principally hornbeam, and because it is grazed regularly it still has the feel of old wood-pasture. It too has an open glade, surrounding Bulrush Pond.


To the east of Woodford New Road, between South Woodford and Walthamstow. SatNav: E11 1PQ.

Bus route 20 runs along Woodford New Road and route 123 along Forest Road.

Accessible at all times.

© Glyn Baker