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Duck Wood Havering

Summary

Duck Wood is ancient woodland once part of the extensive Forest of Waltham that covered much of Essex. Largely cleared by the C16th for agricultural use, pockets of woodland remain. Like other areas of woodland, Duck Wood retains its ancient name, which may refer to its many ponds or perhaps was a corruption of the word 'Duke'. Woodland paths run through the site, which has been managed as a community nature reserve since 1986.

Basic Details

Previous / Other name:
Duck Wood Community Nature Reserve

Site location:
Sheffield Drive, Harold Wood

Postcode:
RM3 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Open Land

Date(s):

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Havering

Site ownership:
LB Havering

Site management:
London Wildlife Trust and LB Havering's Countryside Management Service

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
unrestricted

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Rail: Harold Wood. Bus: 174, 374, 496.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/02/2007
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.havering.gov.uk; www.wildlondon.org.uk

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ555923

Size in hectares:
7.5

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:
Yes

In Conservation Area:
No

Tree Preservation Order:
Not known

Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Borough Importance I

Green Belt:
Yes

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
Yes - Countryside Conservation Area; Havering Ridge Area of Special Character

Other LA designation:
None

Fuller information

Duck Wood is ancient woodland once part of the extensive Forest of Waltham that covered much of Essex. Largely cleared by the C16th for agricultural use, pockets of woodland remain. Species predominating at Duck Wood are oak and hornbeam, the latter long managed by coppicing to provide timber for a variety of uses, and coppicing has been re-introduced here. Other trees include wild service trees, and an old hawthorn hedge and bank is in the north and west. There are a series of small ponds and the wood is adjacent to Maylands Golf Course. Like other areas of woodland, Duck Wood retains its ancient name and may refer to its many ponds or to a corruption of the word 'Duke'.. Woodland paths run through the site, which has been managed as a community nature reserve by the London Wildlife Trust and LB Havering's Countryside Management Service since 1986. It is locally famous for its spring flowers and as a bluebell woodland in early May.

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