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(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

Thames Chase Peacock ButterflyBonnetts Wood is off the beaten track providing a quiet haven from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Paths circle blocks of young trees while the often flowered wet meadow and the small boundary stream offer opportunities for quiet nature watching.

Bonnetts Wood TC extensionIn 2012, the site was doubled in size to 33.6 hectares. Working in partnership with Ingrebourne Valley Ltd, the Forestry Commission restored a former landfill site next to Bonnetts Wood, adding new paths, benches and thousands of new trees and shrubs. 

Over 800 of these new trees were planted at a cBonnetts TC tree plantingommunity tree planting day in February 2013 (right).

The extension is open to the public from the older part of the site, while access at other points to and from the new area is still in development. In the future, there will be a road crossing point providing access to Berwick Glades and Berwick Woods.

Parking is available in Parklands, off Park Farm Road, and Bonnetts Wood entrance is directly opposite the car park.

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What do other visitors say?

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Lovely, quiet park.

We tried to walk from Parklands Open Space to Hornchurch Country Park via Bonnetts Wood and Berwick Glades and were disappointed that the crossing still isn't open. Do you have any update as to when it will be ready? Thanks

Susan, 17/Jul/2016

Thankyou for your comment. The crossing is still in its developmental stages but operations to connect the sites are expected to begin within the next couple of years. Community Ranger

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Being new to the area my friend and I took our daughter's and horses to Bonnet Wood today. The signs stated horses keep left which the 3 girls were doing. A man came along with his dog, which started barking at the horses and made the horses a bit jumpy, he said we were not meant to be on the path but should be on the grass. We said the signs just say keep left which is where the girls were riding. He carried on speaking for a few minutes and then we carried on. On our return journey, the same man came along on his bike this time and started again. He also took pictures/videos of our children without our permission and I asked him to delete them as this is against the law. I said I would call the police but he rode off on his bike. Now we are aware of where the girls should ride we will ensure they do not go on the path although in some places like crossing the bridge, there is no other place to ride. We obviously understand that the park is for everyone and believe we are courteous and polite. Thought I would bring this to your attention as I am sure the man on the bike will be in touch. If the signs said "keep off pink path" they would have done it was just a bit of misunderstanding.

Anonymous, 8/Mar/2015

I am sorry to hear of this issue - please see my email to you. To clarify for other visitors, where the waymakers say 'keep left', horse riders can use the left side of the surfaced path. Areas where horses are not allowed are clearly marked as 'no horse riders' and/or a horseshoe symbol with a red line through. Clare, Community Ranger.

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