© Steve Glasspool
An oak woodland with two ponds and a few specimen redwood trees.
Situated to the east of Ashtead village and immediately south of the main Epsom Road, this reserve is leased by Mole Valley District Council to Surrey Wildlife Trust, and is managed and maintained by the Trust under a 50 year management agreement.
The area of woodland was once part of the original park belonging to the manor house of Ashtead. The present park was laid out and enclosed in the latter part of the 17th century. Part of the original park now forms the grounds of the City of London Freeman's School, whilst the public open space is bounded by Rookery Hill, Farm Lane and the main Epsom Road.
Ashtead Park is situated on heavy London clay and contains characteristic vegetation, with mainly oak woodland. Specimen redwood trees such as American buckeye and Wellingtonia are also present.
The site lies wet in the winter and there are two large ponds, both of which are fished by a local club. The lower pond is also managed as a haven for wildlife.
The main entrance to the park from the Epsom Road is through an imposing set of wrought iron gates, which are a Grade 2 listed structure. The car park is at the end of the drive through the iron gates.
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