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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.
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.