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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.

For information, there is a large play area with play equipment next to the car park. 


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  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Parking with charge

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      By Road:There is a car park off Main Road, Hockley, next to The Bull Public House (SS5 4RN). The nearest railway station is Hockley, which is 1 mile away.

      Hockley Woods

      Type:Forest or Woodland

      Main Road, Hockley, Essex, SS5 4RN

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      Season (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
      Monday - Sunday07:00 - 18:30

      * Open all year

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