Thames Chase Community Forest provides a rich mosaic of woods, nature areas and open public spaces.
The forest covers 40 square miles, including parts of Thurrock, Barking and Dagenham, Brentwood and Havering. It incorporates:
- Oakwood and Ash Plantation
- Davy Down Riverside Park
- Mardyke Valley
- Belhus Woods Country Park
- Broom Hill
- Low Well Wood
- Millard’s Garden
- Brannett’s Wood
- Hangman’s Wood
The forest is landscaped for wildlife, recreation and education. It is ideal for walkers, with some parts also suitable for horse riding.
The visitor centre is open 10am to 5pm weekdays and weekends during the summer and 10am to 4pm in winter. Features include:
- car parking for £1
- a café
Thames Chase is one of 12 community forests in England. Its aim is to improve the landscape and enhance the natural environment through tree planting. The project is managed by the Thames Chase Trust, mainly through volunteers.
For more information, go to Thames Chase Community Forest.
To find out about volunteering, go to Thames Chase Country Park volunteering.