Southwood Open Space

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Southwood Open Space is a 12.9 hectare Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in Old Malden in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in London. It is a linear park along the Hogsmill River between the Kingston Bypass opposite Elmbridge Avenue and the junction between the Hogsmill and a footpath to Manor Drive North.[1][2]

The name Southwood Open Space is only used on the Natural England database of LNRs, and it is more commonly regarded as part of the Hogsmill River Park[3] or Hogsmill Valley, which extends north to Elmbridge Open Space LNR. Hogsmill Valley is designated a Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation, Grade 1.[4][5]

The site is mainly grassland, with hedgerows of elm scrub. These were mainly dominated by elm trees until they were destroyed by Dutch Elm Disease.[6]

The London Loop long distance walk goes through the park.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southwood Open Space". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Map of Southwood Open Space". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Hogsmill River Park". London Parks and Gardens Trust. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Hogsmill Valley". Greenspace Information for Greater London. 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "iGiGL data portal (map)". Greenspace Information for Greater London. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Thames Down Link". Surrey County Council. p. 1. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 

Coordinates: 51°23′10″N 0°16′09″W / 51.3861°N 0.2693°W / 51.3861; -0.2693