Crofton and Sparrow Woods

A recreation ground in , Bromley • Eynsford Close, Petts Wood, Kent,, BR5 1DP

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1. Discover a London rarity - a little known SSSI of wet woodland on London clay adjoins the recreation ground
2. Walk the circuit around the recreation grounds, or go on to loose yourself in extensive walks through adjacent ancient oaks
3. Discover the history dating from its gifting to Odo, William the Conqueror's half brother, to the adjacent woodland providing timber for Elizabethan ships
4. Dip for tiddlers in the two streams
5. Let your dog explore the streams and woodland paths
6. Play an impromptu game of football on the recreation ground
7. Let the little ones have fun in the playground
8. Park in the car park, watch the world go by - and sometimes in summer enjoy an ice cream from the van
9. Watch the bird life - tawny owls, greater-spotted woodpeckers, nuthatches, parakeets, and long-tailed tits are year-round residents
10. Keep your eyes peeled for our hedgehogs, badgers and foxes

  • River/stream
  • Woodland
  • Wild areas

  • Dogs allowed in all greenspaces
  • Waymarked walking paths
  • Changing rooms
  • Grass playing pitch
  • Playground for younger kids
  • Nature trail

Opening Times: Car park open daylight hours, 24 pedestrian access

This is a little-known hidden gem in an urban area. Handy for a station and buses, as well as having its own car park. It is a real wildlife haven as well as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, surrounded sloe bushes (perfect for sloe gin) and a host of plants rare in London. The area offers lots to the visitor, from a level walk, to a long walk through the adjacent woodland, to a game of football, or using the playground and streams to allow children to let off steam. Dogs are welcome, with bids provided, whether for a short walk on good paths, or a longer ramble deep into the woodland through areas that have been woodlands and fields for centuries. The area has hedgehogs, badgers, and a good number of foxes, as well as a delightful range of woodland fringe birds.

Crofton and Sparrow Woods

formed 2020

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Formed 2020

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