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Valerie Wells Wood


Grid ref: TQ 807 886

Updated 31/12/2023.

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This woodland, formerly known as Cottage Plantation, was bought by Essex Wildlife Trust in 2013 thanks to a donation from the Wells family and is named after a former Mayor of Castle Point. Its trees include oak, hornbeam, sweet chestnut and wild service, with bluebell and common cow-wheat growing beneath them.


Turn south off the A127 at Rayleigh Weir on to Rayleigh Road (A129) and turn left on to Daws Heath Road at The Woodmans PH mini-roundabout. Or join the A129 from the A13, and turn right on to Daws Heath Road.

Hourly bus service exc. Sundays serves Daws Heath Road. More frequent services run along Rayleigh Road and pass Woodmans Arms PH (400m to west via Daws Heath Road).

Accessible at all times.

Spring for breeding birds; summer for woodland butterflies

© Glyn Baker