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Nature Reserve:Bedfords Park Visitor Centre

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Bedfords Park Visitor Centre

Bedfords Park Visitor Centre


Bedfords Park, Broxhill Road,


Bedfords Park covers approximately 215 acres and provides a range of important habitats for wildlife. Of particular note are the 'unimproved' grasslands supporting a wide variety of wild flowers and insects; the mature woodland, home to all three species of woodpecker, nuthatches and other woodland birds and the ponds and lake which provide homes for newts, toads and waterfowl.

The deer park to the west of the visitor centre has a herd of Red Deer in commemoration of the days when King John used this area as a hunting ground. These deer are managed by the London Borough of Havering. You may be lucky enough to see one of the wild Fallow, Roe or Muntjac deer that live in, or pass through the park.

The Visitor Centre opened in June 2003, was built on the site of the former mansion and later cafe. It incorporates many sustainable features by re-using parts of the earlier building, using high insulation and modern roof design such as the suspended stonecrop roof.

The Essex Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre is open7 days a week, 9-5pm (4pm during winter). Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day, but open all bank holidays.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedGuided tours for groups

Green Flag Park

Opening details

9-5pm, 7 days a week, winer opening 9-4, 7 days a week


Donations for activities.



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Map reference: TQ 521931  Lat: 51.61701 Long: 0.19695

Vehicle entrance is off Broxhill Road, opposite the white water tower, just to the east of Havering-atte-Bower. The main footpath is in the south west corner on Lower Bedfords Road. These are other footpaths, bridleway and cycleway entrances off Lower Bedfords Roads.

Parking: free


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups

Green Flag Park