Directory: Parks, gardens and open spaces: Oxleas Woods, Castle Wood and Jack Wood

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TitleOxleas Woods, Castle Wood and Jack Wood
SummaryA site of special scientific interest (SSSI), the ancient Oxleas woods covers 77 hectares and is at least 8,000 years old. Take a walk through the woods of oak, silver birch, hornbeam and coppice hazel.

The Green Chain Walk runs through the site, which has a popular meeting place at the cafe at the top of the hill in the meadow. There is an outdoor gym installed as part of Greenwich's Olympic legacy and a multi-use games area, which can be used outside school hours.

A trust has been set up, and in 2014 Severndroog Castle reopened its doors to visitors. The eighteenth-century building has a viewing platform with splendid views across London. It also has a tea room and can cater for private functions.
AddressShooters Hill,
Eltham SE9
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HighlightsVisit Severndroog Castle - built in 1784 as a memorial to William James of the East India Company, it stands in Castle Wood.

Jack Wood, next to Castle Wood, has a terrace garden, from which visitors may enjoy spectacular views across London. It also has an attractive rose garden.
Sports and play areasThe Park Ranger Service conducts walks in Oxleas Woods every Thursday and on the second Sunday of every month at 10am. Meet by the cafe on the meadow off Shooters Hill.

There is also an outdoor gym in the park and a multi-use games area that can be used outside of school hours.
Telephone020 8921 6885
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