Laindon Park Conservation
Managing the area for the benefit of the community
We are all local residents, many born and raised in Laindon, with a passion for our area and we have been active on site for over 12 years.
We meet on site on Sundays, and other days when required, i.e. special works, open days, etc.
We manage an area of approximately 45 acres, centred around St. Nicholas Church. This is situated between Basildon Town Centre and the A127 (Arterial Road), the latter being one of our boundaries. The other boundaries are St. Nicholas Lane, Pound Lane and Upper Mayne, with Church Hill Road dividing the area into two parcels of land. The area surrounds the church and includes the hill it is situated on.
This area is very complex. It consists of the church area and ex-plotland areas. The latter areas are now mainly natural succession woodland, in which there are fruit and ornamental trees, with associated planted hedges of privet and snowberry, etc., from the plotland era.
The area also boasts ponds, open meadows, semi-ancient oaks and other features common to all nature reserves.
There are many trails, mostly following the old plotland paths and road system and has large open grass areas, which are used as a recreation asset by the public.
We feel conservation of this area is very important, not only in terms of the direct benefit to the environment, but also so that the owners and the local communities can be seen to be taking an active lead in this area.
We also see education as important in view of all the developments in the area. We therefore view the woodland, etc., as an educational resource.
With this in mind, the area needs to be managed according to sound practices and at the same time show a diversity of management techniques.
We also recognise the recreation value and are considering introducing a nature trail based on the site with numbered posts and a self-guiding tour sheet. We plan to have this ready for spring and have already supplied and installed display boards within the church area itself.
We view this area as an oasis unique in the midst of a new town, which we not only maintain but also aim to enhance. For instance, hedge laying of existing trails, opening old plotland paths and creating new trails to highlight interesting features, some of which show a history of the area (plotland bottle wells, Anderson shelters, WW2 defences to name a few).
We aim to preserve this area and its history for past and future generations and also for the whole of Basildon and this part of Essex.
If you are interested in helping out you are more than welcome to meet us on site any Sunday.