Burnham Beeches

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Coordinates: 51°33′30″N 0°37′50″W / 51.55832°N 0.63060°W / 51.55832; -0.63060

Burnham Beeches
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Burnham Beeches City of London Corporation sign
Burnham Beeches is located in Buckinghamshire
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 Burnham Beeches shown within Buckinghamshire
District South Bucks
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For the house built by Alfred Nicholas near Melbourne, Australia, see Burnham Beeches (Australia)

Burnham Beeches is an area of 220 hectares (540 acres)[1] of ancient woodland, located close to Farnham Common, Burnham and Beaconsfield, in Buckinghamshire. It is approximately 25 miles (40 kilometres) to the west of London, England.

Preservation[edit]

Druids Oak, the oldest tree in Burnham Beeches

Burnham Beeches was saved from development by the Kyrle Society and has been managed by the City of London Corporation since it purchased it in 1879. The largely beech woodland has been regularly pollarded, with many trees now several hundred years old. Their age, and the amount of deadwood in and around them, means that the woodland is rich in wildlife. More than sixty of the species of plants and animals here are either rare or under threat nationally. The area is protected as a National Nature Reserve, Site of Special Scientific Interest and a candidate Special Area of Conservation.

Archaeology[edit]

Seven Ways Plain hill fort is located in the south west part of Burnham Beeches. it is a rare example of a single rampart earthwork used either as a stock enclosures or possibly places of refuge. It comprises a range of earthworks which have been dated to the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age.[2]

Filming[edit]

The close proximity of Pinewood, Shepperton and Bray Studios and the outstanding natural beauty of the Beeches have made it a desirable filming location. Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, First Knight, Goldfinger, The Princess Bride, the 1952 Disney film The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 are among the films and TV productions that have been shot at Burnham Beeches. (For a more comprehensive list, see [2].)

Filming is tightly controlled in recognition of the Beeches' international importance for wildlife. Filming is restricted to no more than twenty days per year and to certain times of year. Filming in environmentally sensitive areas has also been banned. Revenue from filming goes directly to fund the upkeep and management of the Beeches.

Affiliates[edit]

Burnham, New Zealand was named after Burnham Beeches.

Burnham Beeches FC - An amateur football team who currently compete in the East Berkshire Football League.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Farnham Royal Parish Council - Burnham Beeches and Stoke Common". Farnham Royal Parish Council. Retrieved 13 March 2010. 
  2. ^ [1] Burnham Beeches Management Plan Retrieved 23 April 2009

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