The Mill Meadows Society
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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. 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.

The site is protected from development by green belt planning legislation and by a covenant lasting until the year 2070 restricting use to outdoor recreation and social activities. The owner of the site, Basildon Council, is working with Natural England DEFRA to maintain and enhance the rural character and natural history of the meadows while still allowing visitors access for quiet recreation.

Cattle sometimes graze on the reserve during the spring and summer 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.

Dogs, kept under control, are allowed on the reserve. Please pick up dog litter. Bins are provided for disposal.

The site has rare species and supports a characteristic flora of a grassland type that is very much reduced within the Essex landscape, due to development and agricultural improvement.

Upcoming Events

Saturday 7th July 2018
National Meadows Day
Queens Park Country Park
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Sunday 9th September 2018
Mill Meadows Fayre
Wantsfield, Mill Meadows, Southend Road
A celebration of the heritage of Mill Meadows. Music, historic characters, a recital by renowned local poet Jacques Botjer, music from Folk Down Left and Heads Up, refreshments, beer from Billericay Brewing Company, face painting, build a model windmill and many side-stalls selling local produce including cheese, jam, honey, ice cream