Joyden's Wood

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Template:Infobox UK place Joyden's Wood is one of over 1,000 woodlands in the United Kingdom looked after by the Woodland Trust. The first records of a wood on this site go back to the year 1600 so making it an Ancient Woodland site. It is located on the border of South East London within the London Borough of Bexley and Kent in the Dartford Borough. It is located south east of Bexleyheath and south west of Dartford.

Wildlife

There are 9 ponds throughout the wood each of which is a habitat for all three British newts:

  • The Great Crested Newt
  • The Smooth Newt
  • The Palmate Newt

Archaeology

There are traces of settlements found in the forest that are over 2,000 years old and deneholes have been found. There is also Faesten Dic, ‘the strong dike’, that was built 1500 years ago by Saxon settlers and runs for over a kilometre through the forest.

During the Second World War, two RAF Hawker Hurricane fighters crashed in the wood and some hollows visible in the wood are bomb craters.

The Estate

Joydens Wood estate, officially an urban village, and normally spelt without an apostrophe, is home to several thousand people, with local infant and junior schools. Two buses pass through the estate, Transport For London Bus B12 to Erith Via Bexleyheath. The other is the Kent Go-Coach route 429 that runs from Dartford to Swanley, and is extended to Bluewater to Eynsford or Crockenhill on a Sunday. The closest rail stations are Bexley and Dartford which both provide high frequent services to Central London. There are two small shopping parades, which among other amenities include a post office, butcher, library and petrol station.

Community groups that meet at the Joydens Wood Community Centre in Birchwood Drive include a pre-school, a Women's Institute and a table tennis club.

St Barnabas Church in Tile Kiln Lane has a multi-purpose building used both by the church and community groups. The scouts and guides have a hall; there is also a Freeholders' Association.

Local authority administration of the estate is split between London Borough of Bexley (west) and the Dartford Borough Council (east; falling within the parish of Wilmington).

Nearest Places

  • Bexley
  • Wilmington
  • Swanley
  • Dartford
  • Bexleyheath

External links

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