There are many walks in most National Trust managed woods and Petts Wood is ideal for a stroll at any time of the year. We particularly wanted to see the memorial to William Willett. It was his early work in 1907 that paved the way for the government to think of British Summer time.
In 1914, the outbreak of the First World War, the government began to look at improving the productivity of the country. It finally adopted daylight saving time in 1916. William Willett died the previous year so never saw his ideas coming into practice.
The sundial in his memory was erected in 1925. He was a local resident and there are several roads in the area named after him. The woods are situated around residential roads so the parking is free. We parked in Marlings Park Avenue, you-then cross over Orpington Road to the woods.
Well worth a visit for its fine trees and historical connections.