Canvey Heights Country Park
Canvey Heights is situated off Creek Road, Canvey Island. Travel along
the slip road that runs alongside Smallgains Hall / Pavilion, towards
Smallgains Pond. There are 2 large entrance gates with small side gate
clearly labelled ’Canvey Heights Country Park’. This is a new country
park in the process of development.
The Country Park is part of a Greengrid project that aims to transform
old landfill site previously known
as Newlands) to the south east of Canvey Island,
into a high quality sustainable country park promoting environmental
education and an increased awareness of the importance of the River
Thames Estuary, the park's history,
culture and environment among its visitors. Canvey Heights will also
activities for everyone to enjoy and already has opportunities for
The area is named
Canvey 'Heights' because it is used for strolling and
dog-walking by local residents who enjoy the dramatic views from its
elevated position across the saltmarshes in Benfleet Creek to South
Benfleet, Hadleigh Castle, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea and across
Oyster Creek to a wide endless seascape beyond. Also visible are a wide
range of specially designated conservation areas along the estuary.
This project aims to give the wider community the opportunity to
appreciate these views and take part in activities at Canvey Heights.
The environment supports an array of wildfowl such as skylarks, dark-bellied brent geese
and grey plover.
For more information on the Greengrid project, see their website
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