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Old Park Wood Hillingdon
Summary: Old Park Wood is ancient woodland with records dating back to the Domesday Book. It was once within the boundaries of Harefield Park, an old estate whose early-mid C18th house later became the site of Harefield Hospital. The entrance on Hill End Road has remnants of the former gates and driveway, now ending in fields. The wood contains a large area of ancient woodland with mature oaks, birch and other species, and has good displays of bluebells in spring.
Previous / Other name: Harefield Park
Site location: Summerhouse Lane/Hill End Road via footpaths; Belfry Avenue off Park Lane, Mount Pleasant
Postcode: UB9 > Google Map
Type of site: Public Open Land
Date(s): ancient woodland
Listed structures:
Borough: Hillingdon
Site ownership: LB Hillingdon / Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Site management: Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Public transport: Tube: Northwood (Metropolitan)
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/11/2005
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Fuller information:

In 1680 it is marked as Harvill Park. It is partly in LB Hillingdon and partly outside Greater London, and is managed by Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust as a Nature Reserve and SSSI. A public footpath runs from Summerhouse Lane to Hill End Road and there is access from Harefield Hospital and Belfry Avenue.

Sources consulted:

Teresa Farino, Meg Game 'Nature Conservation in Hillingdon' Ecology Handbook 7, London Ecology Unit, 1988
Grid ref: TQ049913
Size in hectares: 24
On EH National Register : No
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:
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: Yes
Nature Conservation Area: Yes - Metropolitan Importance
Green Belt: Yes
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: SSSI and Nature Reserve

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