An ancient woodland in Bexley has received a prestigious Green Flag Award.

Lesnes Abbey Woods boasts 88 acres of land and is situated near the site of Lesnes Abbey, a Grade II listed monument dating back to 1178.

The woodlands have been given an internationally recognised Green Flag.

The area is a popular spot for families and dog walkers all year round, with a number of walking paths and things to see, including the Monk’s Garden and ancient pond.

Lesnes Abbey Woods are maintained by volunteers, including those from Friends of Lesnes Abbey and Woods who help to maintain the green space.

Councillor Richard Diment, Bexley’s cabinet member for places, said: “The news that Lesnes Abbey Woods has achieved the accreditation is testament to the hard work and dedication of Bexley’s park and open spaces team and local volunteers, including the Friends of Lesnes Abbey and Woods.

“Together they care for the green space so that everyone can enjoy it, and it shows. Well done to all involved.”

There are also areas for picnickers and a children’s playground, as well as an outdoor gym and a track for cyclists.

Lesnes Abbey Woods also has direct links with central London by train, with the expansion of the Elizabeth Line last year, which calls at the nearby Abbey Wood station.

Commenting on the news, Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd MBE said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved at Lesnes Abbey Woods in achieving a Green Flag Award.

“Lesnes Abbey Woods is a vital green space for the community in Bexley, bringing people together and providing opportunities to lead healthy lifestyles.

“The staff and volunteers do so much to ensure that it maintains the high standards of the Green Flag Award and everyone involved should feel extremely proud of their achievement.”