Local nature reserves

Why not enjoy these unique places of beauty where you can discover fascinating wildlife, rare plants and flowers.

Redbridge has a wealth of open spaces, from local parks to country parks.

All types of green spaces are important for wildlife and can contain a variety of habitats including woodland, hedgerows, grassland, streams, lakes and ponds.

Hainault Lodge Local Nature Reserve

Hainault Lodge Local Nature Reserve is a small woodland site which is rich in history having been home to a former royal hunting lodge and had various other uses since the late 18th Century.

It is now a haven for wildlife and the perfect place for a quiet stroll. It also offers fantastic views of London on the western boundary.

The reserve is immediately adjacent to Redbridge Cycling Centre and can be accessed during daylight hours via a short path opposite the cycling centre car park.

View the Hainault Lodge nature trail

Claybury Woods and Park 

Claybury Woods and Park holds a Green Flag Award and  contains an ancient area of oak and hornbeam woodland, locally renowned for its variety of woodland spring flowers, including bluebells, veteran trees and fungi.

The park is made up of extensive meadows, wildlife ponds, wetland areas, managed scrub land and many ancient/veteran trees.

The ancient woodland has achieved Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification.

View the Claybury Park leaflet

Hainault Forest 

Hainault Forest is one of our Green Flag Award open spaces.

It is a large park with woodlands and a variety of activities to take part in. While visiting the forest, why not walk through the Woodhenge behind the lake which features wood sculptures by local artists and follow the sculpture trail.

For more information, visit the Vision website