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Bursted Woods Bexley


Bursted Woods is a remnant of the more extensive woodland that once covered the area, with Erith Road marking an old route between villages of Bexleyheath in the south and Northumberland Heath in the north. It is now public open space consisting of recreational grassland in the north and woodland in the south, mainly sweet chestnut and oak, providing an important habitat for wildlife. Part of the former woodland is now occupied by Bursted Wood Primary School.

Basic Details

Site location:
Swanbridge Road/Erith Road, Bexleyheath

DA8 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Open Land



Listed structures:


Site ownership:
LB Bexley

Site management:
Parks and Open Spaces

Open to public?

Opening times:

Special conditions:

Putting greens


Public transport:
Rail: Barnehurst. Bus: 89, 229.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/06/2012
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ498762 (549830,176470)

Size in hectares:

Green Flag:

On EH National Register :

EH grade:

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:

In Conservation Area:

Tree Preservation Order:

Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Borough II Importance

Green Belt:

Metropolitan Open Land:

Special Policy Area:

Other LA designation:
Urban Open Space

Fuller information

Bursted Wood once abutted other woodland including Three Corner Wood and Conduit Wood to the east of Erith Road, which marks the old route between the villages of Bexleyheath and Northumberland Heath. The village of Bexleyheath arose following the Enclosure Award of 1819 when houses were built around the junction of the road across the heath. At one time known as Bexley New Town and later as Bexley Heath, in 1894 the name changed to Bexleyheath. Although Bexley Heath Railway Company constructed its railway line to the south of Bursted Wood, crossing Conduit Wood, and Barnehurst Station opened nearby in 1895, the area remained quite rural until the railway line was electrified in 1926. The area around the village included market gardens that supplied cereal and fruit crops, as well as flowers, that were transported to London, and farmland remained on the heath into the 1930s. There was a pond in the north-east corner of Bursted Wood until the 1930s when the northern part was cleared of woodland. OS maps show a sand pit and earth works here and to the north new housing on Rydal Drive. An adjacent wooded area to the north-west, known as Butler's Shaw, had also disappeared under housing. By then Bexley Maternity Hospital had opened in the south-west corner of Bursted Wood, to the north of which was another area of cleared woodland that was later used for allotment gardens and is now the site of Bursted Wood Primary School.

Sources consulted:

Darrell Spurgeon, 'Discover Crayford and Erith', (Greenwich guide books, 1995)

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