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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.
East Wickham, postcard. Courtesy Bexley Local Studies & Archive Centre
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Previous / Other name:
Site location: Glenmore Road/Wickham Street, Welling, Kent
Postcode: DA16 3BJ > Google Map
Type of site: Public Open Land
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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
East Wickham, postcard. Courtesy Bexley Local Studies & Archive Centre
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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

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.
Grid ref: TQ460768
Size in hectares: 34
   
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
No
 
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: No
Conservation Area name:
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
   

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