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Best parks and green spaces near Petts Wood

By April 25, 2022No Comments

People sitting in sunny parkIt’s fair to say that lockdowns have led to a heightened appreciation of nature and the outdoors over the last few years, and many buyers now list proximity to public green spaces as a top priority when looking to move home. With woodland, nature reserves and National Trust gardens right on its doorstep, Petts Wood is ideally located for families and those looking to enjoy the countryside, while remaining close to central London. In this blog we take a look at some of the best green spaces in the area.

Scadbury Park

Located on the eastern edge of Chislehurst, just under 10 minutes drive from Petts Wood, Scadbury Park is made up of over 300 acres of beautiful greenery overlooking the valley of the River Cray. This nature reserve offers a tranquil place to relax and unwind and for any history buffs, is also home to a Medieval Manor Estate!

Jubilee Park

Jubilee Country Park lies right in the heart of Petts Wood. With 62 acres of picturesque meadows, woodlands and nature trails to explore, it’s the perfect place to walk the dog or enjoy a family picnic. For nature lovers, the Friends of Jubilee Park group offer opportunities to get involved in conservation, and there are also organised walks and events by the RSPB.

Petts Wood and Hawkswood Estate

With over 230 acres of open fields and small blocks of ancient woodland, the National Trusts’ Hawkswood Estate is a hidden gem. It borders Petts Wood and many of the walks and trails take in both areas, giving you the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife and stunning wide vistas opening to the south.

High Elms Country Park

In nearby Farnborough (just a 10-minute drive from Petts Wood), High Elms has 250 acres of countryside, with woodlands, wildflower meadows, a nature centre and formal garden. The park is also a designated area of special scientific interest, home to a variety of wildlife, including a number of species rarely seen in London. More information is available to visitors at the Bromley Environmental Education Centre on site.

Down House

Just a few minutes’ drive from High Elms, Down House offers a fantastic day out for all the family. Visit the home and gardens where Charles Darwin formulated his famous theories of evolution and natural selection. The award-winning grounds won three London in Bloom awards in 2020, including Best Walled Gardens, Conservation Area and Heritage Park and Garden. Take a walk down Darwin’s ‘Thinking Path’ through the beautiful flower beds and vegetable patches surrounded by stunning countryside.

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