The Picnic District 11: Brooklands, Rayleigh

Monday, August 24, 2015 admin 1

This is a garden in Hockley Road, more or less opposite Fitzwimarc School.? There are a few seats? and you could definitely have a picnic here! ?It is on sloping ground, has some handsome trees, and a pond at the bottom end.? It’s not a nature reserve, but you are […]

The Picnic District 10 : Magnolia Park and Nature Reserve

Monday, August 3, 2015 admin 2

The District Council website describes it as follows: Magnolia Nature Reserve on the Ashingdon/Hawkwell border is a lovely area of habitat and can usually be found alive with bird life. One of the specialties that have been found most winters in good numbers is the increasingly rare Bullfinch. This Nature […]

The Picnic District 3 – Rayleigh Mount

Friday, April 10, 2015 admin 7

Everyone who lives in Rayleigh has been to Rayleigh Mount. Haven’t they? It’s rare for a town to have such a place so close to the town centre. We should make the most of it.    

The Picnic District 4 – Kingley Wood, Rayleigh

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 admin 1

Kingley Wood is one of the smaller, lesser-known woods in our district – but it has a long history, and thousands of people see it every day as they drive along the A127. As the District Council website explains: Kingley Wood stands on a steep hill slope beside the A127 […]

The Picnic District 9 : Rochford Reservoir

Sunday, August 2, 2015 admin 0

Another interesting place in Rochford District for a picnic, this time in the heart of Rochford town! It is close to the railway station and the Freight House. The reservoir is 3 1/2 acres in size, you can see ducks there , and if you are really lucky, the blue […]

The Picnic District 8: Barling Magna Wildlife Reserve

Saturday, August 1, 2015 admin 0

You may not know it, but we are currently in “Love Your Parks Week”. So let’s look at Barling Magna Nature Reserve. A good place for a stroll… and a picnic. We’ve written before about the reserve: … The 12 acre site had been part of the Southend Borough?s old […]

The Picnic District 7: The Sensory Garden

Saturday, July 18, 2015 admin 0

This is a little garden behind Rayleigh Windmill, designed to appeal to all our senses. Butterflies can be found here, and it’s a good spot for wedding photos if you get married at the windmill. Not really a place for a picnic – but you could sit on one of […]

The Picnic District 6: Sweyne Park

Thursday, June 11, 2015 admin 0

Sweyne Park, in the west of Rayleigh , used to be part of some farmland owned by the Ministry of Agriculture. The only open space that the District Council had in the area was a small open space at the end of Deepdene Avenue, where you could pick blackberries. A […]

The Picnic District 5 – Wallasea Island

Friday, May 29, 2015 admin 2

Our district has three scientific claims to fame . First of all, the remains of the most important ship in the history of science- Charles Darwin’s Beagle – lie in the river mud near Paglesham. Secondly, due to the connection with the physicist Lord Rayleigh, the town of Rayleigh lends […]

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The Picnic District 2 – Hockley Woods

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 admin 0

Hockley Woods are surely our district’s greatest natural treasure – the biggest remnant of the ancient woods that once covered Essex. There’s more information on the Council website here. And if you are seriously interested in the woods, you can buy Oliver Rackham’s Book “The Ancient Woodlands of England:The Woods […]

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The Picnic District 1 – Cherry Orchard Jubilee Country Park

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 admin 3

We’ve used the phrase “The Picnic District” for our district before, and over the spring , summer and autumn we’re going to mention some of the possible places to have a picnic here. Let’s start with Cherry Orchard Jubilee Country Park, stretching all the way from Rochford to the edge […]