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    Covering over 130 hectares, Hockley Woods are the largest remaining area of the wild wood, which covered Essex after the Ice Age 10,000 years ago.

    The woods are a complex mosaic of different trees, each species growing where conditions are most favourable. Oak and sweet chestnut grow on the higher ground; birch on the most acidic soils; hornbeam on the wet clays; willow, hazel and ash along the streams.

    Many of the plants in the wood, such as the wild service tree, wood anemone, wood spurge and cow-wheat will only grow on the undisturbed soils of ancient woods. Hockley Woods have survived because they have been coppice managed as a valuable resource.

    Baby changing facilitiesDisabled toiletsPicnic sitePublic toilets

    Children welcomeDogs accepted

    Opening details

    Open all year

    Prices

    Free entry

    Directions

    By Road:
    There is a car park off Main Road, Hockley, next to The Bull Public House (SS5 4RN).

    Parking: with charge

    Facilities

    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Children welcomeChildren welcome
    • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
     
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