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Hockley Woods

Hockley Woods Car Park, Hockley, Essex, SS5 4RQ
  • Pay & Display Parking
  • Playground

Covering over 130 hectares, Hockley Woods is the largest remaining area of the wild wood, which covered Essex after the Ice Age 10,000 years ago.

The woods are a complex mosaic of different trees, each species growing where conditions are most favourable. Oak and sweet chestnut grow on the higher ground; birch on the most acidic soils; hornbeam on the wet clays; willow, hazel and ash along the streams.

Many of the plants in the wood, such as the wild service tree, wood anemone, wood spurge and cow-wheat will only grow on the undisturbed soils of ancient woods.

It’s the perfect place for families, dog walkers, or those looking for an escape to nature for a few hours.

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