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Garnetts Wood

60ac/24ha  SSSI

Grid ref: TL 635 185

Updated 31/12/2023.

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An ancient coppice woodland owned and managed by Essex County Council. A knight was given the wood in the 12th century and in his memory there is an imposing wooden statue carved from a tree stump.

Small-leaved lime, once widespread across lowland England but now restricted to just a few woods, is the dominant tree. The wood is not as rich as Chalkney Wood not far away, but it is an attractive woodland with considerable variety. There are several damp areas full of sedges and a scattering of ponds and streams.


On High Easter Road, a minor road running between Barnston and High Easter. Barnston is on the B1008 2km south-east of Great Dunmow.

Bus from Chelmsford, Dunmow or Stansted Airport to Barnston, then 1 mile walk via footpaths.

Accessible at all times.

April–May for early flowers and songbirds.

Paths can be very wet in winter and spring – waterproof footwear essential.

© Tony Gunton