Region: South East
This diverse greenspace in Crayford, near Dartford is a haven for local wildlife with an intriguing range of habitats including a mix of chalk, acid and neutral grassland, scrub, relict orchard, mature woodland, sandy banks and gravel cliffs. It is a great place to spot butterflies and other insects in spring and summer.
Lower Station Road, Crayford, Bexley, DA1 3RG
Site size: 22 hectares
Nearby at Crayford Rail Station
The Riverside Cafe at Hall Place on Bourne Road is open daily 10am-5pm and is nearby.
Much of the reserve has uneven path surfaces and camber with steep inclines, although wheelchair access is possible from Lower Station Road via a gate.
Well controlled dogs are welcome and must be on a lead at all times.
Walking, bird watching and wildlife spotting.
A site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation. Wansunt Pit (located within the site) is a geological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Ruxley Gravel Pits, The Warren, Birdbrook Road Nature Reserve, Hall Place & Gardens, London Loop Circular Walk (Section 1)
Originally a market garden and an orchard, sand and gravel extraction took place here until the 1980’s. When this activity ceased the area was used for landfill and the Crayford Gun Club was based here.
Following this period Braeburn Park was created as part of the neighbouring residential development and it has been managed by the London Wildlife Trust, in partnership with the Land Trust, since 2014.
The Park’s management includes opening up dense areas of scrub to create open grassland habitat, mowing acid grassland slopes and thinning of gorse and broom patches. Hazel coppicing started in 2015 and pathside scrub is cut on a three year cycle.
New steps have been constructed to improve access and footpath improvements are ongoing. Benches and interpretation at entrances and key points around Braeburn Park enhance the visitor experience.
To contact the Land Trust about this site or how we could help manage your space please email our Estates Manager Steve Crosby .
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