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.
Now coppiced, with new pathways funded by the Forestry Commission.
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.
Dryland slopes covered in oak and lime trees were common along the coastal line hundreds of years ago, this is now one of the few surviving examples.
(The copperas industry involved gathering of pyrite nodules (known as ‘copperas stones’) from beaches, where they had been washed out of the London Clay.
Featues an avenue of Wellingtonia trees (Giant Redwoods) This patch of open access arable land is adjacent to Hainault Forest, one of the country's most important historical woodland landscapes, dating as far back as 1130. Dating back over 400 years, Hoe Wood is ancient woodland that was once coppiced.
A thriving deer population has hindered recent attempts to reintroduce this traditional practice.
This 79 acre site is the last remnant of the old Coopersale Common, offering ancient coppice with spring bogs.
It has many ancient hornbeam pollards plus some more recent woodland and a network of ponds.
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.
A Roman-British road dissects the wood which is still surrounded by intact medieval woodbanks.