The Country Park has an exciting history. At one time supply timber for Thames and Medway ship building than the location of a Gun Powder Works and then the source of cly for cement maufacuring on Thameside; Link to beacon_wood-visitor_guide+powder works+clay_pit.docx.
In 1991 the 70 acre (28ha) disused Clay Pit was leased by Blue Circle Industries, for 15 years, to Kent County Council for a Country Park.
It was created by Groundwork Trust, Local Residents and other supporters and first opened to the Public on 25 May 1992.
The name "Beacon Wood Country Park" was chosen, in a competition organised by the Trust, because of the park's close proximity to one of the original Spanish Armada warning beacons; see Beacons Map.
The Official Opening, by Sir Derek Barber, was on Wednesday 10 July 1991.
Management was taken over by Kent County Council and Dartford Borough Council on the 1st April 2001.
In 2001, Lafarge acquired Blue Circle Industries to become the world’s leading producer of cement. The Blue Circle UK cement-making operation became Lafarge Cement in 2002.
Lafarge granted Kent County Council a 10 year extension to the lease in 2006.
The Country Park was temporarily closed on 31 March 2011 when Kent County Council withdrew funding and handed back the site to the owner, Lafarge Cement UK Ltd. It reopened on 6 August 2011 following successful negotiations with Lafarge to lease Beacon Wood Country Park to Bean Parish Council. Jointly they appointed Groundwork Kent & Medway as Managers of the property. From 28 September 2012 the Friends of Beacon Wood (FOBW) took over some of the responsibilities of managing the woods. More information on current activities con be obtained from Diane Tomkins (Chair FOBW) on firstname.lastname@example.org .
The current 10-year lease between Tarmac and Bean Parish Council expires on 30th June 2021.
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Updated 25 July 2017