Lesnes Abbey Woods £4.2million development could be finished by late summer

PUBLISHED: 10:44 23 May 2016 | UPDATED: 10:44 23 May 2016

Lesnes Abbey

Lesnes Abbey


The reserve has undergone developments across the site

A variety of new developments at Lesnes Abbey Woods are on track to be complete by the end of this summer.

The park, near the ruins of Lesnes Abbey, has undergone works to provide a new skyline viewing terrace, trim trail, outdoor gym and improvements to the refurbished fossil bed and Monks garden.

Peter Craske, cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure said: “Lesnes Abbey Woods is one of the things that makes Bexley such a great place to live.

“This project is going to transform the site, and ensure people can enjoy it for many years to come.”

The £4.2million development also includes the construction of Lesnes Lodge, set to be a community hub within the park.

Once completed, the lodge will reveal more details on the artefacts, including human remains, that were discovered on site during its construction last year,

Historic England, along with Oxford Archaeology and PPM Archaeology are all working with the council to date the ancient human remains.

Meanwhile the multi-million development has been funded mostly by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which provided £3.5million for the developments, while the council paid £700,000.

Cllr Craske added: “I want to thank all of those involved in this project and we all look forward to it opening.”

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