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Vange Hill Open Space

30 acres of former Plotlands lying next to Basildon golf course.

Vange Hill Open Spaces Vange Hill Open Space was a Plotlands site and has now become an informal open space of grassland and scrub woodland. The site is surrounded by a large drainage ditch built to prevent Vange from flooding, it has become an important wildlife habitat.

The site boasts commanding views across the South Essex marshes over the River Thames to Kent. This ridge of hills which run east-west along the south of Essex are known as the 'Thames Terraces'. They were formed many thousands of years ago by the great river Thames.

The soils are free draining, the slopes south facing and therefore warm and dry. Thames Terrace grasslands form a very important habitat of regional significance as they hold rare assemblages of plants and invertebrates.

Since the year 2000 the mowing of much of the grassland at this site has been relaxed and cut as an annual autumn hay cut.

More frequently close mown areas are provided for amenity use. This type of management will allow rare plants such as Pale Flax to flourish. Butterflies and Bumblebees will also benefit.

The open paths criss cross the site, but are unsuitable for wheelchair users at the present. Access to the Vange Hill Open Space is via Vange Hill Drive.

  • Stunning views across the Thames Estuary.
  • Wildflower rich meadows and scrub make this site a hidden gem.
  • Easy trail access
  • No off-road parking
  • Unsuitable for wheelchair users

Planning your visit

Vange Hill Open Space
Vange Hill Drive
Vange, Basildon
Essex

Opening times: Open access - all day every day!

Phone: 01277 624553 or 01268 208090 (Countryside Services)

Nearest Train Station: Basildon or Pitsea - approximately. 2 mile

Buses: 2, 15, 15A, 22, 35A, 42, 375, 721, 723.

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