Burnham Beeches , GB SL2 3TE Farnham Common Slough ( last change : 08.03.2019 17:36:05 )

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Left: Exmoor pony; Above: British White cattle for conservation grazing (© David Hawgood)
Address:
Burnham Beeches
Helen Read
Hawthorn Lane,
GB- SL2 3TE Farnham Common Slough
Phone : 01753 647358    
Email : helen.read@cityoflondon.gov.uk
Website: http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

Located in South Buckinghamshire and around 25 miles from London, Burnham Beeches was acquired by the City of London in 1880, in response to a threatened purchase by residential developers. It was for sale as “land suitable for the erection of superior residences”. There has probably been woodland on the site since the retreat of the last ice age, but today’s landscape was created by people.

One of the three Scheduled Ancient Monuments on the site shows that the area was inhabited as early as the Iron Age. Today Burnham Beeches is characterised by a diverse mixture of ancient woodland, wood pasture, coppice, ponds and streams, grassland, mire and heathland. The sites most prominent features are the veteran Beech and Oak pollarded trees which provide a stable habitat for many rare and endangered deadwood species.

The Beeches attracts over 600,000 visitors a year, who appreciate its tranquillity as well as its rich diversity of habitats and wildlife. Burnham Beeches has been a valuable recreation amenity for local people and visitors for over 125 years and is managed both as a public open space and also for conservation.

Opening hours :
Burnham Beeches is open to people on foot at all times. Cars are restricted to 8am to dusk. The Beeches Café, public toilets and Information Point are open 364 days of the year and subject to seasonal variations, but in general they are open between 10am and 5pm. The facilities are closed on Christmas Day only.

Infrastructure :
Imbiss/Kiosk  Picknick  

Dimension : 220 ha

 

 

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