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Norsey Wood Billericay

By the Beresfords Marketing Team - 11th October 2011

Only a short distance from Billericay’s thriving High Street is the 165 acre expanse of Norsey Wood.

The wood is associated with an astonishing 4,000 years of history. It holds an important collection of archaeological features unique to the region, including occupation areas and burial sites dating from prehistoric and Roman periods.

From more recent history, a network of trenches from the two world wars stretches along the eastern part of the wood. During World War II, the wood was used for Army manoeuvres and ammunition storage.

Norsey Wood's topography also sets it apart in Essex. Its clay valleys and gravelly, sandy hilltops are not only rare and interesting, but also botanically significant. This has led to the site's designation as a local nature reserve by the Nature Conservancy Council.

The area is particularly famous for its bluebells, which cover the woodland floor between April and May. The brightly coloured domes create a beautiful spectacle – especially valued as this protected species does not easily colonise new woodlands. Visitors can either join one of the guided wildflower walks or explore alone to their hearts' content.

The area is much loved and many of the local people take an active interest in preserving its natural beauty. The Norsey Wood Society receives community input, while a volunteer work party meets every Thursday to undertake conservation work.

Taken from Essex Life.

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