- Burnham Beeches
infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Burnham Beeches
region= South East England
dial_code= 01628:"For the house built by Alfred Nicholas near Melbourne, Australia, see
Burnham Beeches (Australia)"Burnham Beeches is an area of 540 acres (220 hectares) of ancient woodland, located close to Farnham Common, Burnham and Beaconsfield, in Buckinghamshire. It is approximately 20 miles (30 km) to the west of London, England, and is owned and managed by the City of London Corporation.
woodlandhas been regularly pollarded, with many trees now several hundred years old. Their age, and the amount of deadwood in and around them, means that the woodland is rich in wildlife. More than sixty of the species of plants and animals here are either rare or under threat nationally. The area is protected as a National Nature Reserve, Site of Special Scientific Interestand a candidate Special Area of Conservation.
The close proximity of Pinewood, Shepperton and Bray Studios and the outstanding natural beauty of the Beeches have made it a desirable filming location.
The Crying Game, First Knight, Goldfinger, The Princess Bride, the 1952 Disneyfilm The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix are just some of the many films and TV productions which have made use of the facilities on offer at the Beeches. ("For a more comprehensive list, see" [http://www.imdb.com/List?endings=on&&locations=Burnham+Beeches,+Buckinghamshire,+England,+UK] .)
Filming is tightly controlled due to recognition of the Beeches' international importance for wildlife, restricting filming to no more than 20 days per year and to certain times of year. Filming in environmentally sensitive areas has also been banned. Revenue from filming goes directly to fund the upkeep and management of the Beeches.
It was saved from development by the Kyrle Society and is now owned by the
City of London Corporation. Burnham, New Zealandwas named after Burnham Beeches.
Burnham Beeches is also linked to the Berkshire based football team
Burnham Beeches F.Cwho currently play in the East Berkshire Football League.
English Lowlands beech forests
* [http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/living_environment/open_spaces/burnham.htm Burnham Beeches on the City of London website]
** [http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/AC190868-CE0A-45C3-BD34-AA009C2083DC/0/OS_BB_BurnhamMap26July.pdf Map of Burnham Beeches (PDF)]
** [http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/8E0E8C59-7A35-4C1A-A560-5C6831C7BC87/0/OS_BB_infoleaflet.pdf Welcome to Burnham Beeches leaflet (PDF)]
** [http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/FC588DC8-8816-4574-8D49-4A9BEA389216/0/OS_BB_newsletter.pdf Burnham Beaches Newsletter (Spring/Summer 2006 edition) (PDF)]
* [http://www.imdb.com/List?endings=on&&locations=Burnham+Beeches,+Buckinghamshire,+England,+UK IMDb list of film and television productions which have used Burnham Beeches]
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