Escape and explore Petts Wood and Hawkwood
Roam around Petts Wood and Hawkwood, where among the trees you can leave the hustle and bustle of daily life behind. It’s a great place whether you’re alone with your thoughts, walking your dog, enjoying a family outing or discovering wildlife.
The trees of Petts Wood
With its rich variety of native trees, Petts Wood has 150 acres of ancient, semi-natural woodland. Here you’ll discover native species such as oak, beech, ash, alder and hazel trees growing alongside planted species like Scots pine, larch and sweet chestnut.
Hawkwood, on the other hand, is mainly grazed pasture, with small blocks of woodland. Cows and sheep graze the open fields, and you’ll see wide vistas opening to the south.
Green space for the city
Being only 13 miles from the centre of London, the estate is an important ‘green lung’ for the city.
This remaining area of countryside allows you to imagine how the landscape of rural Chislehurst looked before the arrival of the railways and suburban sprawl, while still enjoying it as an area where wildlife is protected and can thrive.
Wildlife in Petts Wood and Hawkwood
There’s an abundance of fungi in the wood, with over 400 species recorded since 1976, and an average of 130 species recorded each year.
Walking through the estate, you can hear the distinctive call of the chiffchaff and the hammering of woodpeckers, and you’ll see siskins and tits in the woodland canopy. Kingfishers can occasionally be seen in Pond Wood or along the Kyd Brook and if you have a keen eye, you might see a hobby searching for its insect prey.
Although it's just 13 miles from central London, the rural feel of Petts Wood and Hawkwood has been preserved since the woodland was saved from development before the Second World War.
Plan a visit to one of the special countryside places in our care and discover the benefits of being in the great outdoors. Pack your walking boots and get ready to explore woodlands, valleys and rivers.