One of the few remaining areas of ancient deciduous forest in Eltham in the Royal Borough of Greenwich (with a small amount passing over the boundary into the London Borough of Bexley), in southeast London. Some parts of Oxleas Wood date back over 8,000 years to the end of the last Ice Age, the Younger Dryas. It is part of a larger continuous area of woodland and parkland on the south side of Shooter’s Hill: other parts are Jack Wood, Castle Wood, Oxleas Meadows, Falconwood Field, Eltham Common and Eltham Park North (the latter being divided by the A2 main road from its southern section). Eltham Park North includes the ancient Shepherdleas Wood. It is also home to Severndroog Castle.
The ancient Oxleas woods covers 77 hectares. Take a walk through the woods of oak, silver birch, hornbeam and coppice hazel. See the terrace garden, and have lunch at the excellent cafe. Perched at the top of the meadow the views across into kent are spectacular. You would never believe you were in London. Then walk through the numerous enchanting woodland paths to Severndroog Castle, a tower folly, built in 1784, for a view in the opposite direction, it has a viewing platform giving some of the most spectacular views across the city.
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The Oxleas Wood Apiary is to be found tucked in behind the gabled wall of the terraced garden of the now demolished Jackwood House (off Castle Woods Lane). Comprising at the height of the beekeeping season around 30 or so hives, the Apiary offers courses in practical...
Changeling Theatre outdoor performance for all ages Two Gentlemen of Verona at Severndroog Castle Starts at 7.30 on Thursday 13th August 2015 Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the performance in the woodland surrounding the castle. The Two...
These were taken on 12th October 2014.
WHEN it’s not actually pouring with rain, getting wrapped up warm and going for a wander in the woodland is one of the great pleasures of winter. Vibe takes a look at five of the best places for a nature-filled stroll in south east London and north Kent. Lullingstone...
These were taken walking down towards the Rose Gardens.
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