Little Belhus, South Ockendon
Restoration works here are part of an ambitious project to turn 86 hectares of former landfill into a country park. The site has historically been used for the extraction of gravel and sand dating back to the 1940s and before then was farmland. Meadow restoration works began at this 15ha site in summer 2014. Green hay from Langdon Nature Reserve, Essex's donor Coronation Meadow, was cut and transported to Little Belhus. Heavy rain and other factors meant that the green hay was spread over an area of 2ha with further works planned for 2015. It is hoped that plant species including selfheal, oxeye daisy and creeping cinquefoil will establish here and thrive.