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An oasis of peace and tranquillity only 13 miles south-east from the centre of London

Full of natural history, the area is a haven for all kinds of bird, butterfly, amphibian and plant life.

William Willett, the leader of the movement to have British Summer Time recognised, is remembered by a stone memorial. A similar commemoration can also be viewed in the Edlmann Memorial Wood for its donor, Colonel Edlmann, owner of the Hawkwood Estate before the Hall family, who donated the site to us.

Colonel Edlmann purchased the wood to prevent development and his wishes have been honoured. We acquired Hawkwood and Petts Wood in 1927. Together they cover 138 hectares, comprising the working farm of Hawkwood and the woodland of Petts Wood.

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Petts Wood & Hawkwood blog

The Omega sign at Petts Wood © Brian Whittaker

Find out all the latest information and what is happening in Petts Wood and Hawkwood on our blog.

Paving the way for British Summer Time

The home of summer time © Jon Barker

Discover how Petts Wood helped to change summer evenings across Britain forever.