News

 

Lesnes Walking Group! 

 

Starting 26th January, Free to join! 

For More information please phone 020 8303 7777

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesnes Fossil Hunt!

Thursday 27 of October two sessions 10-11:30am and 12:30-2pm.

Please book on 0203 0453 693.

 

Haloween Ghost Walk! 6-7:30pm on Sunday 30 October.

Come and explore the spookey history of Lesnes Abbey and Woods on this atmospheric walk!

Adults £5 Familes of four £10, with no more than two adults.

Call 0203 0453 693.

 

 

Join us for an amazing walk looking for bats around Lesnes Abbey

We will be walking to the Abbey Pond, where bats like to feed on insects, then moving up to the woods to find other species.

We will be using Bat Detectors to locate the bats and the Estate Manager will be on hand to share his expertise on bat species and behaviour

Free event, no booking necessary. Approximate length of walk 1 hour

For further information please phone: 020 8303 7777 or Email thomas.smith2@bexley.gov.uk

 

FREE Butterfly Activities Thursday 11th 10am-11:30am and 12:30am-2pm.

Why not come and spend a session looking at the wonderful butterflies in Lesnes Abbey?We will be learning how to identify butterfly's using a variety of methods, and you might also get the opportunity to come face to face with catepillars!

There will also be a chance to indulge your creative side!

We look forward to seeing you then!

 

 

 


LESNES ABBEY FAMILY FUNDAY

LESNES ABBEY RECREATION GROUND, Saturday 30th of July 1-5pm

Why not come down to the FREE Family Funday at Lesnes Abbey?

Loads of amazing activities including:

Parcour 'Street Running' Workshop

Childrens bike riding workshops

DJ Entertainment

Comic Workshop

Arts and Crafts for Under 5's

Face painting and Loads Loads more!

Woodland Walk in Lesnes Abbey Woods

Thursday the 6th of June, 10:30-12:00pm

A walk through the beautiful native woodlands of Lesnes Abbey Woods. As well as enjoying the wonderful woodland and wildlife, Ian Holt (Estate Manager) will explain the history of the woodlands and future plans to    actively manage them for multiple purposes. Craig Harrison (Forestry Commission) will talk about the benefits of woodland management and the importance of a plan as the foundation of sustainable woodland management.

 

 

 



Dawn Chorus Walk at Lesnes Abbey!

On Saturday the 7th of May, why not set the alarm clock early (very early) and come along to Lesnes Abbey for the Dawn Chorus Walk? An Expert from the local RSPB group will be leading us around the woods, picking out the individual bird species as they welcome the new day. The wald starts at 5:30am, meeting at the Monks Close enterance to the park.

Dawn Chorus

 

The Playground and Parkour training zone at Lesnes will be closed from Thursday 14th April, re-opening Tuesday 19th April due to hot tarmac works.

Wood Carving Live at Lesnes!

Tom Harvey, a wood sculptur, will be coming to Lesnes to create a series of sculptures around the park, showing natural heritage and enhancing the landscape.

We will be having an open day on March the 29th 10-1pm, for you to come and meet the artist and watch his genius in action.

See you there!

 

May half term - Enhancement Project, drop-in information session

Thursday 28 May 2015

This half term the Enhancement Project Team has planned another of the regular Meet Us at the Park sessions for visitors and local people to know all about plans to develop Lesnes Abbey Woods.

Medieval tile making

Kate Tiler will be at the park to lead unique hands-on living history sessions. This free activity will bring the past to life and allow participants able to handle a medieval potter’s tools and materials.  Drop in and add your mark to the project.

Woodland walks

Why not try a guided walk into the woodland at Lesnes with North West Kent Countryside Partnership conservation and ecology group. These free walks will begin at 11am and 2pm from the recreation ground.

For the woodland walks:

  • Under 11’s to be accompanied by an adult. 
  • Please wear sturdy footwear.
  • Walks are approximately 45 minutes in length.

The event is subject to the weather. Contact visitlesnes@bexley.gov.uk.

 

Spring half term week - Enhancement Project, drop-in information sessions

10 February 2015

Two "meet us at the park" sessions for visitors and local people are being organised with the Enhancement Project team. Come along and discus the project and see what the plans are to deliver the two year enhancement scheme. Sessions are Monday 16 February 1.30 – 3.30pm near to Lesnes Abbey ruins and Friday 20 February 10am – 12pm in the playground area. These events are subject to the weather. Contact visitlesnes@bexley.gov.uk.

65 million year of Lesnes history, in 30 metres!

28 Janaury 2015

In January a 30 meter long artwork highlighting the 65million year history of Lesnes Abbey Woods was mounted onto the Lesnes Lodge construction site hoarding. The Enhancement Project team is now planning to keep developing it and exploring other ways the timeline could be used again following the end of the building’s construction.

Enhancement Project, drop-in help sessions

25 October 2014

Two "meet us at the park" sessions for visitors and local poeple are being organised with the Enhancement Project team. Come along and discus the project and see what the plans are to deliver the two year enhancement scheme. Sessions are Monday 27 and Friday 31 October 10am - 1pm. Information will be provided in the area adjascent to the existing information centre. The events are subject to the weather.

Enhancement Project, eBrochure

15 October 2014

A new project brochure has been added to this site to download featuring the Enhancement Project highlights. The brochure can also be veiwed here or downloaded as a PDF flipbook. The brochure outlines the main elements of the project which will be delivered over two years.

Work starts at Lesnes Abbey Woods

19 September 2014

Work on the Lesnes Abbey Woods Enhancement Project is set to start soon. The £4.2m project is funded by the London Borough of Bexley and the Heritage Lottery Fund (which is investing £3.5m).

Construction of the new community hub building - Lesnes Lodge - begins next year. The site needs to be prepared over the coming weeks to ensure that plants, trees and wildlife are unaffected and the preparations are made at the best time of year, when plants are dormant and birds and other animals are not breeding.

Starting from mid-September and through the winter, a series of shrub and tree works will take place right across the site. Most of the work will focus around the formal garden and recreation ground areas of the park.

An independent ecologist has reviewed all the main proposals and their recommendations have helped shape the programme of work, by minimalising potential environmental or wildlife impacts.

During mid-November the existing information centre will be closed to make way for demolition. This includes the closure of the public conveniences. During the construction phase, there will be no public toilets in the park or in the immediate vicinity until Lesnes Lodge opens in mid-2015.

Information about the Lesnes Abbey Woods Enhancement Project will be placed around the park, detailing key elements of the project

Enhancement Project - Masterplan 

01 August 2014

Following the development of many new features for the park, landscape artchitects Mei Loci have produced designs for the Masterplan. Please click here to see design highlights from the scheme.

Enhancement Project featurered in the latest Bexley Magazine

09 July 2014

Please click here to download the July 2014 Bexley Magazine.

New resources added to the web site

12 March 2014

Please click here to download our project Conservation Management Plan and Enhancement Project Summary.

Bexley secures Lottery funding for Lesnes Abbey Woods

8 January 2014

A much-loved park is set to benefit from improved access and facilities with the announcement that the London Borough of Bexley has secured £3,468,000 through the Parks for People funding programme from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) for its Lesnes Abbey Woods Enhancement Project.

Bexley will work closely with neighbouring communities and park users to develop Lesnes Abbey Woods into a premiere park for the local area and beyond. The masterplan of improvements is timetabled to begin in earnest towards the end of 2014, with the entire scheme scheduled to be complete by the spring of 2016.

The Lesnes Abbey Woods Enhancement Project will encourage new and existing visitors to enjoy the amazing natural and human history of a site which has a 12th century abbey ruin, ancient woodland and a fossil bed! With a number of community events and educational sessions, the project will also support an exciting and wide ranging volunteering programme, apprenticeship scheme and work placements.

Among the diverse improvements are plans for a new small park building that will act as an activity and information hub for visitors, schools and communities.

At 88 hectares, Lesnes Abbey Woods is the second largest park in the London Borough of Bexley. It is a site of metropolitan importance for nature conservation, a nature reserve and metropolitan open land. The Abbey ruins are a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) and Grade II listed. The site is also a key area within South East London's Green Chain.

Cllr Gareth Bacon, the Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Realm said: "We are absolutely delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund have recognised the immense potential and significant importance of Lesnes Abbey Woods park by awarding a grant of nearly £3.5 million.

"The grant will allow the Council to implement a project worth £4.2 million that will deliver a wide range of stunning improvements to this wonderful site, creating an enriched experience for today's visitors and leave a lasting legacy for future generations."

Explaining the importance of the HLF/BIG support, Sue Bowers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund, London said: "Eighteen years of Lottery investment in our public parks has transformed tired and in some cases under used green spaces across the UK into thriving community hubs. This investment will help unlock the potential of Lesnes Abbey Woods so all visitors will be able to enjoy and appreciate the heritage of this beautiful park."