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Cranham Marsh

Introduction

Now a nature reserve managed by Essex Wildlife Trust, Cranham Marsh is all that remains of a much larger area of marshland in Essex. The site today has woodland, ponds, marshland and old pastures, with remains of old hedgerows. A river, a tributary of the Mardyke in Thurrock, runs through Cranham Marsh. Some of the largest ash trees in Essex are found in Spring Wood, and to the east is a smaller woodland with oak and ash, Middle Wood. Parts of the woods are coppiced on a 12-year cycle.

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

Access contact details

Opening is unrestricted.

Directions

Tube: Upminster (District) then bus. Bus: 248

Owners

LB Havering leased to Essex Wildlife Trust

Features & Designations

Designations

  • Conservation Area

  • Reference: Cranham
  • Local Nature Reserve

  • Site of Nature Conservation Importance

Key Information

Type

Park

Purpose

Nature Reserve

Principal Building

Parks, Gardens And Urban Spaces

Survival

Extant

Hectares

13

Open to the public

Yes

References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust