The Plotlands Trail
The Plotlands trail is really not to be missed when visiting Langdon Nature Reserve. As well as the Peter Rabbit Trail, you can also enjoy the history of the Plotlands as you take an amble around the reserve.
Address – The Plotlands Trail
Langdon Nature Reserve, Lower Dunton Road, Basildon, SS16 6EJ
History of the Plotlands
In the early 1900s poor farm land was sold to property developers who divided the land into small plots. They then sold these small plots to Londoners eager to buy themselves a small retreat in the Essex Countryside.
Residents from London arrived at Laindon Station in their hundreds, ready to build their holiday homes, which, at first, were often tents or sheds. There was no running water or roads at this time either, but this new way of life was deemed worth it to own your own plot of land!
As people started to move out of London during World War Two, the houses of the Plotlands at Langdon Nature Reserve became more permanent and eventually became a thriving estate of around 200 homes and families.
What Happened to the Plotlands Homes in the Plotlands Trial?
After the war Basildon Council started to buy up the plots of land as people started to move. The bungalows that were once people’s homes were abandoned and left to the woodland.
The Plotlands is now under the care of the reserve and has been since 1980s. The Plotlands trail is now open to all visitors to explore and discover at their own pace.
As you walk around the ruins of past plots you will come across some amazing and very unexpected views of the London City skyline, a wealth of apple and pear trees and many many blackberry bushes!
What Remains of The Plotlands?
The Haven is the only home that remains standing in its entirety and is now a museum. Inside you will get to experience what life was like for the people living here in the 1930s and 1940s.