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The 50-acre Cockaynes Wood nature reserve also includes a former quarry, dry heath, grassy meadows and shallow water ponds.On the edge of the Stour estuary at Copperas Bay, comprising open access ancient wood of coppiced Sweet Chestnut and Hornbeam, damaged by 1987 storm.
These traditional uses have created a diverse landscape that includes areas of historic wood-pasture, green lanes, ancient pollarded trees and grassy plains Epping Forest Covering around 505 acres of arable land and now the site of a major woodland creation scheme.A Roman-British road dissects the wood which is still surrounded by intact medieval woodbanks.Once used for keeping 'wild swyne', probably after the extinction of true wild boar, there are early 17th century records of wood sales showing that lime bast, the bark used for making rope, was as valuable as the timber itself.Now coppiced, with new pathways funded by the Forestry Commission.Birchanger Wood Trust PDF Wildflower meadows, amenity grassland, scrub areas, wetland habitats, there is also a wooden board walk and play sculpture on site.It is the only place where one can step back into the Middle Ages to see, with a small effort of imagination, what a Forest looked like in use.' No other forest on earth evokes the atmosphere of a medieval hunting forest so completely. Large country park with good mixture of grassland and woodland and scenic views.
Formerly part of the estate of Havering Palace with Charles I being the last monarch to stay there in the 17th century.
20km of unsurfaced paths provide access for walkers, cyclists and horse riders but can be muddy and slippery after rain. Friday Woods is a nature reserve/army training area located on Bounstead Road in Colchester.
Part of the Roman River Site of Special Scientific Interest, it is an ancient woodland, modified in places by plantations of conifers and sweet chestnut.
The network of footpath and bridleways that remain today evolved over time to serve the traditional way of village and town life in rural Essex.
Regardless of land ownership, these tracks were the 'glue' that bound together a community that needed to walk between home, woodland, mill, market, farm and church.
This 79 acre site is the last remnant of the old Coopersale Common, offering ancient coppice with spring bogs.