Getting Close To Nature At Eastbrookend Country Park

Just south of Romford you’ll the sprawling open spaces of the 208-acre Eastbrookend Country Park and Chase Nature Reserve. Anchored by the eco-friendly Millenium Centre, which acts as an information point and cafe, the Park and Nature Reserve were created in the 1990s from previously derelict land. The park is made up of a network of lakes (which appear to be popular with local anglers) as well as heavily wooded areas and long stretches of grassland.

Eastbrookend Country Park confirms my previous observations about the open spaces you’ll find on London’s outskirts, such as Wanstead Flats or the Walthamstow Marshes – despite the fact that they offer a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of city life they’re really under-used.  Although I visited on Easter Sunday, when you would expect people to take the opportunity to go for a stroll in the nice spring weather, there were very few folk around – I walked for several hours and only saw a handful of dog-walkers and one or two groups of parents with their small children. Not that I’m really complaining – if these places were as busy as Hyde Park I’d probably avoid them! I just can’t compute why so few local residents take advantage of these amazing spaces which are right on their doorstep…

My stroll around Eastbrookend did at least give me the opportunity to indulge in some landscape photography, the rest of which you can find here – there’s a very pleasant mix of trees and bushes which the camera seems to like. I do apologise for the ‘over-processing’ of some of the images  I’m trying out some new photographic workflow software which seems to boost colours a little too much!

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