Scadbury is a very old estate, dating back as far as records begin in Chislehurst. It was the home of the Lords of the Manor until they moved to Frognal in the 18thC, and again after the Great War, when Frognal was used as a hospital. The grounds were acquired by London Borough of Bromley in 1979, and opened formally to the public as Scadbury Park Nature Reserve in 1985. It is a valuable asset for Chislehurst, but underused and rather neglected.
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The Park consists of woodland mainly to the west and south, and open pasture in the centre and east. There are a few ponds. A circular footpath circumnavigates the Park, with various extensions to the east side. There is a private road through the Park, running from Perry Street, opposite Beaverwood Road, through to St Pauls Cray Road. There are several entry points to the Park, the main one being on Old Perry Street, near the Sydney Arms, where there is car park which could take perhaps 20 cars. In the centre of the Park there are a collection of buildings including the ruins of the old moated manor, a farmyard and four residential properties. There are four other residential properties in the Park.
There are five groups currently involved at Scadbury:
- London Borough of Bromley, who continue to own the site, but who do not have resources to properly maintiain the park,
- Friends of Scadbury, a small group, whose main work is in the woodland area,
- A tenant farmer, responsible for most of the open land to the centre and east of the Park
- ODAS, who have access and digging rights at the site of the moated manor, which is not easily accessible
- The Shaw Trust, which undertakes charitable work with special needs adults at the old Tree Centre adjoining the farmyard
- A small number of residents in the houses mentioned above
The Friends Group needs additional support, which it cannot get from LBB.
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