This 84-hectare park is situated beside the river Rom and is popular among local flora and fauna enthusiasts. Despite being man-made (it was only opened in 1995), black poplar trees, rare species of plants and water voles inhabit the area, which is in part why The Chase has the status of nature reserve and is managed by the London Wildlife Trust. This slice of urban countryside means visitors get the chance to fish, bird watch, or simply stroll along the park’s footpaths, just beware of muddy patches after it’s rained. The eco-friendly Millennium Centre is the local visitor and education centre, which has a café, regular exhibitions, a wildlife gallery and plenty of attractions to keep little ones entertained. It also serves as a starting point for one of the many suggested walks, which will take you past lakes, onto grassy areas and through…radish plants.