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Hockley Woods

Hockley WoodsCovering over 130 hectares, Hockley Woods are the largest remaining area of the wild wood, which covered Essex after the Ice Age 10,000 years ago.

The woods are a complex mosaic of different trees, each species growing where conditions are most favourable. Oak and sweet chestnut grow on the higher ground; birch on the most acidic soils; hornbeam on the wet clays; willow, hazel and ash along the streams.

Many of the plants in the wood, such as the wild service tree, wood anemone, wood spurge and cow-wheat will only grow on the undisturbed soils of ancient woods.

Hockley Woods have survived because they have been coppice managed as a valuable resource.

Access to the woods is unrestricted; there is a car park off Main Road (SS5 4RN). Details about charges at the car park are in the related link at the bottom of the page.

A walk leaflet is available from the Council Offices denoting two way marked walks.

Woodlands Sales

All orders for Woodland sales are taken by Customer Services, for further information please telephone Customer Services on 01702 318111. Payment is accepted by card, cheque (made out to 'Rochford District Council') and cash.

*Logs will be available to purchase from Tuesday 28 July 2015 at 8:30am and deliveries will start from Monday 3 August 2015 - Logs are only available to Rochford District residents.

As of 1 April 2015 our prices are:

Item Cost Amount Available Delivery day

Woodchips - sold out
 

£30 Delivered

Additional £5.00 delivery charge if the delivery address is over 10 miles from Hockley Woods

Cubic metre All year Monday - Friday

*Logs
 

£95 Delivered

Additional £5.00 delivery charge if the delivery address is over 5 miles from Hockley Woods

Half load

Available to purchase from 28 July 2015 From 3 August 2015

*Logs

 

£150 Delivered

Additional £5.00 delivery charge if the delivery address is over 5 miles from Hockley Woods

Full Load Available to purchase from 28 July 2015 From 3 August 2015
Rustic fencing stakes - 6ft Chestnut Pointed End Delivered or collected

1-49 stakes @ £2.75 per stake

50 + stakes @ £2.50 per stake
Minimum order 10 stakes All year Friday
"The Ancient Woodlands of England: The Woods of South East Essex" book by Oliver Rackham £5 Collected, £6.75 P&P (2nd class post) N/A All year Monday - Friday

 

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