Beam Parklands

Dagenham, Essex, RM10 9EH

Tel: 0208 227 2332


London Plane Trees – Plantanus sp.

  • Broad leaf deciduous and found in riparian and dry habitats
  • London Plane is particularly tolerant in urban areas and is a hybrid of oriental and western plane.
  • The bark of these trees flakes off exposing new bark underneath meaning they are extremely tolerant to pollutants
  • This tree is often mistaken for sycamore maple due to the similar leaf shapes, but the characteristic bark is the key distinguishing feature
  •  These trees surround the old hospital site


  • Often referred to as Sallows
  • Native to the UK
  • Have a high affinity to wetland habitats and found along streams, canals and by lakes
  • Willows are hard to identify to species level as they often hybridise with other similar species
  • Can exceed 10m tall and live for 300+ years
  • Salicin, the active ingredient found in aspirin, is found in the bark of willows


  • Native to the UK
  • Introduced elsewhere in the world and often considered an invasive weed
  • Grows 5-14m tall with a dense crown canopy
  •  Makes for excellent hedging
  • The fruit is known as the haw and is a dark red fruit containing a single seed
  •  These fruits are important for birds, specifically those migrating
  •  Jams and jellies can be made using the fruits


  • Native to the UK
  • Also known as pedunculate oak
  • Important to insects and wildlife
  • Fruits are called acorns
  • Acorns are an excellent resource for mammals, particularly squirrels who cache these for the winter

Meeting Point

The Meeting Point for all events is on the bridge by the entrance off Oval Road North unless otherwise stated. See Map.

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Booking opens two weeks before each event. To book your place call 0208 227 2332. If you have any access requirements please let us know and we will make the necessary arrangements.