Open Weekends at Warley Place

Warley Place nature reserve is spectacular in spring, when an abundance of snowdrops, followed by daffodils and crocuses can be seen. The reserve will be open to the public every weekend between Saturday 24 February to Sunday 15 April, including Good Friday and Easter Monday, from 10.00am to 5.00pm daily, weather permitting. Volunteers will be on hand to give you guidance and answer your questions.

This 25-acre reserve was the former home of one of the most famous female gardeners, Miss Ellen Willmott. She remodelled the gardens and introduced into them a vast assortment of new plants from all over the world. Some are still found on the reserve. The garden had fallen into neglect but has been restored, not in its original form, by an enthusiastic team of Essex Wildlife Trust volunteers.

Although the house itself has long since gone, a walk round the paths reveals tantalising glimpses of what the estate once comprised. There are exotic trees, remains of cold frames, greenhouses, reservoirs, a terrace and the conservatory that was part of the original building. Although there is colour all year round, by far the best time to visit is in the spring, when snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils and bluebells follow and overlap, vying with each other in splendour.


The entrance to Warley Place is two miles from Brentwood High Street on the B186, the road leading south out of Brentwood past the railway station. It is on the junction with Warley Road (which leads to Harold Wood), easily identifiable by the war memorial on an island and the Thatchers Arms public house.

The entrance is via the gate alongside the Thatchers’ car park. Please drive through and park in the reserve car park, which is a hundred metres along the drive. Postcode: CM13 3HU

Please Note - Warley Place is a nature reserve and dogs are not allowed past the car park into the reserve itself. There are no toilet facilities on the site.