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Country parks and nature reserves

Find country parks and nature reserves in the borough, see what facilities they have, what activities are on offer and how accessible they are for disabled users.

If you're not sure where your nearest country park and nature reserve is, type your postcode into Find my nearest to see what's in your area.  

Beam Parklands Country Park and Beam Valley Toggle accordion

Visit The Land Trust website for information on the Country Park and Beam Valley, including location, opening times, activities, facilities, events and accessibility.

Beam Parklands Country Park

The Chase Local Nature Reserve Toggle accordion

Visit The Chase Local Nature Reserve website for information on location, opening times, activities, facilities, events and accessibility.

The Chase Local Nature Reserve

Eastbrookend Country Park Toggle accordion

Provides local people with the chance to experience the pleasures of the countryside on their doorstep.

Location

Dagenham Road, Dagenham RM10 7BD

Opening times

The country park is accessible every day of the year from sunrise until dusk.

Facilities

There are 4 lakes on the park, 3 of which are available for day-ticket fishing.  Tickets for the fishing lake are managed by the Bardag Angling Society

It is also where the Millennium Centre, an environmentally friendly visitor centre, is based.

Horse riding is permitted in the park. 

Accessibility

For information about accessibility, visit DisabledGo.

DisabledGo

Ripple Nature Reserve Toggle accordion

Ripple Nature Reserve covers about 10.1 hectares and is managed by London Wildlife Trust.

Location

Renwick Road, Barking IG11 0HH

Features

The reserve is a tapestry of birch woodland, scrub and grassland.

Set among the industrial landscape of Barking Riverside and once a dumping area for pulverised fuel ash, the reserve is a fascinating example of how nature can reclaim industrial wasteland.

The dumping of fuel ash has created a soil that is very alkaline and therefore different to most soils in London (they are mostly acidic).

This means that many plant species that can tolerate the soils of The Ripple struggle to grow elsewhere locally.

Pyramidal and southern marsh orchids, grey club rush and wild basil are the most important of these.

The areas of meadow and scrub provide a suitable habitat for invertebrates that are considered to be on the edge of extinction.

The number of rabbits and flocks of goldfinches in the reserve are notable.

Events

With the London Wildlife Trust, we run regular events for members of the public.  

Accessibility

For information about accessibility, visit DisabledGo.

DisabledGo

Scrattons Farm Eco-Park Toggle accordion

The eco park is an oasis where flora and fauna can flourish and local residents can go to relax and enjoy.

Location

Shaw Avenue, Barking IG11 0UG

Features

Grass and wildflowers are thriving and fish have returned to the dredged drainage ditches, which will also provide a haven for waterside plants, frogs and toads.

A diverse range of habitats has been created to encourage all kinds of wildlife and the park is managed to sustain these all year round.

Accessibility

For information about accessibility, visit DisabledGo.

DisabledGo

St Peter and St Paul’s Churchyard Toggle accordion

St Peter and St Paul’s Churchyard is a unique green space within the borough. The Churchyard won a Green Flag Award in 2003.

The Churchyard, only a couple acres in size (8093.7 square metres), was closed to new burials in the 1990s, since when it has been managed as a nature reserve. The London Wildlife Trust took over the management of the site in 1997.

Location

Church Lane, Dagenham RM10 9UL

 

Contact

020 8227 2332

rangers@lbbd.gov.uk

Features

The area surrounding the church is maintained very much as gardens where nature can thrive but the emphasis is on formality. Further away from the church the gardens give way to an area of meadow where gravestones are found resting amongst spring and summer flowers.

The long grass, bramble and trees provide the obvious habitats. The old walls and headstones are valuable for lichens and mosses and are not common in the borough.

The main importance of the churchyard is for invertebrates. In summer you can find the long grass full of butterflies and crickets and there are lots of flying insects. These insects provide food for bats.

For most recent years a kestrel has nested on the church tower. Woodpeckers regularly feed on the avenue of lime trees.

A family of foxes live in the churchyard and can often be seen in the early morning and late evening.

The London Wildlife Trust run regular events in conjunction with the borough’s Parks and Countryside Ranger Service.

Accessibility

The churchyard is accessible by wheelchair.

Looking after our nature reserves Toggle accordion

Get involved

There are lots of ways that you can get involved in looking after our nature reserves.

Volunteer

If you would like to join in and help manage green spaces in the borough contact the Conservation Volunteers.

Park Watch Scheme

Park Watch is very similar to a Neighbourhood Watch scheme

You can help to:

  • protect Barking Park from crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB)
  • improve safety
  • make our parks cleaner and more welcoming community green spaces

Ranger Service

The Millennium Centre, The Chase, Dagenham Road, Dagenham RM7 0SS

020 8227 2332

rangers@lbbd.gov.uk