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Jubilee Wood and Sixty Acre Wood Kingston

Summary

Jubilee Wood abuts Sixty Acre Wood, and although the latter contains species typical of ancient woodland it appears to have long been used for agriculture. Once part of the Hampton Court lands owned by the Crown, in 1587 Queen Elizabeth I gave it to Thomas Vincent. By 1872 it was partly landscaped as parkland and woods created for the Barwell Court Estate. Jubilee Wood was planted to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887, divided into two parts by an electricity sub-station; only the eastern end of Jubilee Wood is publicly accessible.

Basic Details

Site location:
Fairoak Lane, Chessington

Postcode:
KT9 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Open Land; Private Open Land

Date(s):
1870s; 1887 (Jubilee Wood)

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Kingston

Site ownership:
Eastern end of Jubilee Wood: RB Kingston. Rest is private

Site management:
Lower Mole Countryside Management Project (Sixty Acre Wood)

Open to public?
Partially

Opening times:
part/unrestricted

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Rail: Chessington South then bus. Bus: 465.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/04/2012
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.kingston.gov.uk; http://lowermole.wordpress.com

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ165622 (60 Acre Wood)/TQ170617 (Jubilee Wood)

Size in hectares:
29

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:
No

Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Metropolitan Importance

Green Belt:
Yes

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
None

Fuller information

Sixty Acre Wood is shown as fields on John Rocque's map of 1762 and Thomas Horner's parish map of 1813. There appears to have been a farm here from at least the C14th when the land was owned by the Crown as part of the Hampton Court lands. In 1587 Queen Elizabeth I gave it to Thomas Vincent. By 1872 some of the fields had been landscaped as parkland and the woods created for the Barwell Court Estate, the name Barwell derived from the existence of springs here. Various of the trees in Sixty Acre Wood appear to date from then. Trees planted in Jubilee Wood include birch, pedunculate oak and ash, field maple, goat willow, wych elm and hazel.

Sources consulted:

Sue Swales, Ian Yarham, Bob Britton, 'Nature Conservation in Kingston upon Thames', Ecology Handbook 18 (London Ecology Unit) 1992

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