Mill Meadows, Billericay, is a 90-acre Local Nature Reserve and one of the finest ancient meadow systems in Essex.
Centuries of grazing have created the ideal conditions for a wonderful diversity of wild flowers, fungi, insects and invertebrates, many of which are rare.
The site includes a characteristic grassland type that is very much reduced within the Essex landscape, due to development and agricultural improvement. It contains an area of 16.63 acres (6.73 ha) declared as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its unimproved neutral grassland.
Mill Meadows Society
The owner of the site, Basildon Council, is working with the Mill Meadows Society (www.millmeadows.org.uk) and Natural England to maintain and enhance the rural character and natural history of the meadows while still allowing visitors access for quiet recreation. The Society runs through membership and volunteering, you can become a member by downloading the submission form here: http://www.millmeadows.org.uk/society.php
There are three marked walks available through and around Mill Meadows. Directions can be found on the website here: http://www.millmeadows.org.uk/marktrail.php
You can also download a number of walks around Billericay - Download PDF [1.41.MB]
Access and facilities
Dogs, kept under control, are allowed on the reserve. Please pick up dog litter. Bins are provided for disposal.
Red Poll cattle graze on the reserve during the spring, summer and autumn months. This grazing encourages the growth of flora. The cattle are indifferent to people and dogs provided that they are not harassed in any way.
There is no car park for visitors at the reserve, but off-street parking is available in the town centre car parks off the High Street (B1007). The reserve may then be reached by walking the short distance to the junction of Sun Street and Chapel Street where a gate leads directly into its north west corner. (OS ref TQ 675943). There are many entrances all around the site including from Greens Farm Lane and Southend Road.