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Maryon Wilson Park and Gilbert's Pit
LNR Type: Urban
County: Greater London
Natural England
Regional Team:
East of England
Year of Declaration: 2005
Declaring Authority: London Borough of Greenwich
Area (Ha): Click here to open the site map (new window). Once displayed, click on the site to see area and other details.
Grid Reference: TQ 419 784
Location: Thorntree Road, Charlton, London SE7 8TT
Owned by: London Borough of Greenwich
Managed by: London Borough of Greenwich
SSSI Type: Biological & Geological
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: Car: Situated on Thornton Road off the main B210 Charlton Park Road.
Train: Charlton Railway Station,
Bus: 380, 53, 422 and 54

Visitor facilities: The South East London Green Chain Walk runs through the site.
Free public tours are led by the Park Rangers every Wednesday starting at 1.15 pm. In school holdiays it also takes place on Monday and Friday at 1.15pm.
The park has a farm with ducks, geese, chickens, a pig and a deer enclosure.
Picnic areas.
Wheelchair access.
Hard court tennis, basketball court, children's playground for all ages, limited wheelchair access.
What to see: Part of the former Maryon Wilson family estate, Maryon Wilson Park is a large, hilly wooded site overlooking the Thames. Gilbert's Pit, with its visible strata of chalk and fossil material, has attracted geological interest over a century and offers a unique aspect on 55 million years of geological history.
Maryon Park and Gilbert's Pit have a mix of acid grassland, with abundant mouse-ear hawkweed and a good assemblage of burrowing hymenoptera (bees and wasps), scrub of gorse and broom, and secondary woodland.
Gilbert's Pit is a geological SSSI, with an excellent exposure of the Lower Tertiary Sequence.
Maryon Wilson Park has interesting areas of scrub, woodland and grassland. A small stream and associated areas of wet grassland support a number of locally rare plants, including bristle club-rush and bog stichwort, both very rare in London.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups: The Friends of Maryon Wilson and Maryon Parks self help group works with Greenwich Council's Parks & Open Spaces
Tel : 07599 299934

Contacts for further information and how to get involved: Royal Borough of Greenwich
Parks and Open Spaces
Tel: 020 8921 6885
Website address and other links:
alternatively try and search for Maryon Wilson Park Local Nature Reserve

Last updated 24/03/2015
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