Bedfords Park is one of Havering's largest parks and has achieved Green Flag status since 2007. Once a privately owned estate, it is a designated Local Nature Reserve, and is home to a herd of captive red deer which are a popular attraction. The extensive grounds of meadow and mature woodland provide a variety of walks and the opportunity to bird watch. Worth visiting is the impressive visitor's centre which is run by the Essex Wildlife Trust. Here you can buy light refreshments and relax and enjoy the panoramic views across the borough to London. A small herd of Red Poll cattle have been introduced to help manage species-rich meadows. They are part of a ten year High Level Stewardship plan and their grazing helps encourage different grasses and wildflowers to flourish. The cattle have a gentle temperament and are in the park until October, when they are moved for winter. They return each spring.
Visitors centre and car park