Looking out from a picnic bench over the algae green lake of woildfowl sanctuary in Eltham.

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The Tarn is a beautiful wildfowl and bird sanctuary set within a charming landscaped garden, a well kept secret hidden away just off Court Road in Eltham. Many of it's original features have been retained from the 1930s, as it was originally on the grounds of Eltham Palace. There's a picnic area to sit and watch the wildlife. 

This unique site was purchased in 1934 when it was turned into a public park, it features a distictive green coloured lake, caused by the algae that grows on it, which makes it so popular with the many species of birds it hosts. The site was purchased in 1934 and turned into a public park and features a picnic area and very unusually an 18th century ice well! Formerly used as a storage area for ice, by the kitchen staff at Eltham Palace in it's heyday as a private residence under the Courtaulds. 

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