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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 in the woods with a stone memorial sundial. A similar stone memorial can also be seen in the Edlmann Memorial Wood for our donors Robert and Francesca Hall and for Colonel Edlmann, who saved this part of the estate from development.

The eastern part of Petts Wood - the Willett Memorial Wood - came to us in 1927. The Hawkwood Estate and the remainder of the woodland was donated to us in 1957, with the entire estate now covering 136 hectares or 338 acres.

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No smoke without fire

Charcoal burning at Petts Wood and Hawkwood

Charcoal burning at Petts Wood and Hawkwood

Here at Petts Wood and Hawkwood we are proud to be carrying out the ancient tradition of charcoal burning as part of our woodland management. 

The process, once key to the development of societies throughout the world, is being used on a small-scale here to produce charcoal for you to buy, which will help maintain this oasis of England on the outskirts of London.

Find out more about this special place

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.

Charcoal burning open days

The money raised from selling charcoal goes back into managing the woods

We run regular burns throughout the year where you can learn more about this traditional practice. Watch this space for upcoming dates.