Gernon Bushes

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Gernon Bushes: This 77 acre reserve has many ancient hornbeam pollards plus some more recent woodland and a network of ponds originally dug for gravel extraction, and descends steeply from the plateau of the ridge across pebbly clay drift and claygate beds to London clay lower down.

In the north of the reserve the gravel workings have developed into sphagnum bogs. In the south two springs rise on the edge of the plateau and their streams descend steep-sided valleys through a series of bogs with large patches of the rare marsh fern. Other notable plants include lady fern, bogbean (in one of its very few Essex sites), marsh valerian, marsh marigold and ragged robin.

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Turn off the B181 towards Coopersale village and turn left on to Garnon Mead 200 yards after passing under the railway bridge.

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A bus service runs to Coopersale from Harlow via Epping.

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Never closes

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Free

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