Comprising extensive ancient woodland and surrounding parkland, Lesnes Abbey Woods is home to a diverse range of wildlife habitats, plants and flowers. A central feature of the park – Lesnes Abbey was founded by Richard de Luci in 1178.
At 88 hectares, Lesnes Abbey Woods is the second largest park in the London Borough of Bexley. It is a site of metropolitan importance for nature conservation, a nature reserve and metropolitan open land. The Abbey ruins are a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) and Grade II listed. The site is also a key area within South East London’s Green Chain.
Bexley Council is currently working on a project to enhance the park and woods following a £3.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Their website is at: http://visitlesnes.co.uk/
Presentation on the project;
Masterplan eBrochure produced by the project team.
There is a conservation volunteer group and you can read more about them here: http://www.bexleywildlife.org/lesnes-abbey-bexley/
Their events are listed on our calendar page and on our Facebook page: Bexley Wildlife.
Site map download: https://app.box.com/s/4t253zell00rr7zfvy2c
Location map download: https://app.box.com/s/g4wlxc3udlb45jlha98i
Conservation plan for Lesnes Abbey. Downloadable here (it is a big file!) : https://app.box.com/s/4ysgzda7hcdzn9dcq7su