We have an educational programme which we offer throughout the school year and during the Summer we also run family-friendly, nature-related events as well. (note on Covid19)
The school sessions are provided at Eastbrookend Country Park and the Chase Nature Reserve for the ‘Rivers’ topic, and also in Barking Park. Full details are available on our website: www.lbbd.gov.uk/the-outdoor-classroom where the pdf leaflet is also available to download (Download here).The leaflet outlines the session topics that we are currently offering.
Runs from the New Road (A1306) by the Ford Motor Works along the River Beam up to the Barking-Basildon railway line
Southwards extension of Eastbrookend Country Park.
Woodlands and Grassland
Ponds and Marsh areas
Variety of historical features, including tank traps, pillboxes and a section of the Old Romford Canal.
Archaeology: evidence that the area has been used since the Stone Age. Features such as a farmstead were discovered, as well as evidence that cremation burials of some of the farmers and their families took place. A Roman pottery kiln was discovered too.
19th century: section of the never-completed 19th century Romford Canal, created to transport Romford’s significant potato crops to London (and bring back manure on the return journey!).
Second World War features: tank traps, pillboxes, plus parts of the canal were reused for war defence.
Land of the Fanns Teacher Briefing
Some sites have a Teacher Briefing available at the top of the page, but the following download is a general Teacher Briefing for The Land of the Fanns. We recommend you download this briefing before visiting any of the sites listed on this resource.