Woodland & heathland
Immerse yourself in our beautiful and extensive ancient woodland. Walk amongst the Sweet Chestnut, Birch and Oak trees or meander across remnant heath.
Lesnes Abbey Woods was a working wood until the 1930's, when it was opened as public park.
Why not make a special visit in March to see our wild daffodils, believed to be the largest display in south-east England? In April and May, the woods are further transformed by a beautiful carpet of native bluebells. You will be surprised at how quickly you are immersed in nature, leaving the hustle and bustle of south-east London behind.
There was once a huge expanse of heathland in this part of south-east London. Local place names such as Bexleyheath and Blackheath give us a clue to their past. Lesnes Heathland is just a small fragment of what was once here. Across England, only one-sixth of the heathland that existed in 1800 has been preserved. Heathland is characterised by Heather, Bracken, Gorse, and is very important for many species, including many kinds of reptiles.
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