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Oxleas Wood, London

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#12 of 26 in Wildlife in London
Oxleas Wood is one of the few remaining areas of ancient deciduous forest in Eltham in the Royal Borough of Greenwich (with a small amount passing over the boundary into the London Borough of Bexley), in southeast London. Some parts date back over 8,000 years to the end of the last Ice Age, the Younger Dryas. It is part of a larger continuous area of woodland and parkland on the south side of Shooter's Hill: other parts are Jack Wood, Castle Wood, Oxleas Meadows, Falconwood Field, Eltham Common and Eltham Park North (the latter being divided by the A2 main road from its southern section). Eltham Park North includes the ancient Shepherdleas Wood. It is also home to Severndroog Castle.
In 1311, the Royal manor of Eltham was established and this included the woods. The woods were leased to Sir John Shaw, 2nd Baronet, from crown occupation in 1679. His family managed them until 1811, when they were taken over by the War Department. The woods were then acquired by the London County Council for the use of public recreation in 1930, and then opened to the public in 1934. Ownership then passed from the Greater London Council to the Borough of Greenwich on abolition of the GLC in 1986.
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  • Can walk for miles through these ancient woodlands. Largely untouched by modern life. Really relaxing and tranquil area to wander.  more »
  • A great place to walk in peace. Very popular with dog walkers but they seem responsible in cleaning up mess. Once in wood it seems impossible to believe you are in London.  more »
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  • Great woodland and lovely view. With a diverse range of trees and a spectacular view of London. Cafe has great food but needs to accept cash in this day and age. The woodland suffers from litter and graffiti. Worth a walk and a reward at the top of Shooters Hill.
  • Great woods, most dogs we meet are well behaved and have good owners. Lovely in the spring with wild flowers and birds song
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