‘Fantastic’ parks in Clayhall and Seven Kings awarded coveted green flags
PUBLISHED: 11:01 21 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:01 21 July 2016
Claybury Woods and Park covers almost over 70 hectares, containing an ancient area of oak and hornbeam woodland (18 hectares) locally renowned for its variety of woodland spring flowers, including bluebells, veteran trees and fungi.
The park is made up of extensive meadows, wildlife ponds, wetland areas, managed scrub land and many ancient/veteran trees, the site being managed for nature conservation by the London Borough of Redbridge.
The park (formerly private estate of the former Claybury Hospital, which is now the gated housing estate, Repton Park) was initially arranged by famous landscape designer Sir Humphrey Repton, during the 18 Century.
For cyclists, horse riders and pedestrians the surfaced path provides a green traffic free route, linking the north west of the borough with Fairlop.
A natural play area, woodland art trail and outdoor gym are the latest attractions. A waymarked nature trail has already been established with corresponding leaflet.
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Three more of Redbridge’s parks have been awarded green flags.
Claybury Woods, Clayhall Park and Seven Kings Park each met the high standards set by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, which recognises the best green spaces across the country.
Redbridge now has nine green flags with Elmhurst Gardens, Goodmayes Park, Ilford War Memorial, South Park, Valentines Park and Hainault Forest Country Park each retaining their status.
Cllr Ross Hatfull, cabinet member for civic pride, praised volunteers and park friends groups.
“Redbridge is known for its fantastic parks, and our work to improve them is going from strength to strength,” he said.
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