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East Wickham Open Space Bexley

Summary

The site was previously part of the lands of East Wickham Farm and East Wickham House, and the name dates back to at least 1284. The area was once wooded and an area of old oak woodland survives. It was part of the Manor of Plumstead, and in 1902 was transferred to Bexley Borough Council. In the 1950s part of the site was used for landfill of green waste and bomb damage rubble, but it was later levelled and grassed over for a public open space.

Basic Details

Site location:
Glenmore Road/Wickham Street, Welling, Kent

Postcode:
DA16 3BJ ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Open Land

Date(s):

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Bexley

Site ownership:
LB Bexley

Site management:
East Wickham Conservation Volunteers

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
unrestricted

Special conditions:

Facilities:
Children’s playground; Green Chain walk

Events:
There is a regular programme of wildlife walks and conservation activities organised by the conservation volunteers for the community to join in with.

Public transport:
Rail: Welling. Bus: 96, 422

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/06/2009
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.eastwickham.org.uk

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ460768 (546210,176970)

Size in hectares:
34

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

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:
No

In Conservation Area:
No

Tree Preservation Order:
Not known

Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Local Importance

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
Urban Open Space

Fuller information

The site was previously part of the lands of East Wickham Farm and East Wickham House, and the name dates back to at least 1284, 'Wickham' meaning a settlement. East Wickham was administered as a separate parish until 1902, when it became part of Bexley Urban District Council, which had been established in 1894. This area was once wooded and an area of old oak woodland survives. It was part of the Manor of Plumstead, and in 1902 was transferred to Bexley Borough Council. In the 1950s part of the site was used for landfill of green waste and bomb damage rubble, but it was later levelled and grassed over for a public open space. The site supports a variety of habitats and wildlife. The Green Chain Walk was established in 1977 and dissects the open space from west to east. East Wickham Conservation Volunteers Group was established and in 1999 the Group was runner-up in the Bexley Environmental Challenge. Since then, through the efforts of a partnership between the Council and East Wickham Conservation Volunteers Group the site has been transformed for the benefit of both wildlife and the local community. In 2000 it first received the Green Flag Award and has continued to do so in subsequent years.

Sources consulted:

www.bexley.gov.uk/services/parks/eastwickham. East Wickham Conservation Volunteers website.

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