Oxleas Wood and MGM Macau

Oxleas Wood is one of the few remaining areas of ancient deciduous forest in the Royal Borough of Greenwich (with a small amount passing over the boundary into the London Borough of Bexley), in southeast London. Some parts date back over 8,000 years to the last Ice Age, the Younger Dryas. It is part of a larger continuous area of woodland and parkland on the south side of Shooter's Hill: other parts are Jack Wood, Castle Wood, Oxleas Meadows, Falconwood Field, Eltham Common and Eltham Park North (the latter being divided by the A2 main road from its southern section). Eltham Park North includes the ancient Shepherdleas Wood. Typical view of Oxleas Wood Tree stump in Shepherdleas Wood

Contents 1 History 2 Description 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

History

In 1311, the Royal manor of Eltham was established and this included the woods. The woods were leased to Sir John Shaw, 2nd Baronet, from crown occupation in 1679. His family managed them until 1811, when they were taken over by the War Department. The woods were then acquired by the London County Council for the use of public recreation in 1930, and then opened to the public in 1934. Ownership then passed from the Greater London Council to the Borough of Greenwich on abolition of the GLC in 1986. Description

Oxleas Wood, Jack Wood and Shepherdleas Wood are a Site of Special Scientific Interest called Oxleas Woodlands, covering 72 hectares with oak, silver birch, hornbeam, coppice hazel, and a great number of fine samples of the Wild Service Tree. A larger area including Eltham Common is designated a Local Nature Reserve called Oxleas/Shooters Hill Woodlands.

The site covers most of the top of Shooters Hill (in the Royal Borough of Greenwich), and contains a folly called Severndroog Castle.

There is an underground water reservoir in the grassed area called Oxleas Meadow. This serves the local area with water. This is associated with 'the hut' which is a building containing the equipment that Thames Water uses to control the reservoir.

Within Oxleas Meadow is a cafe. The café building is of brick construction and is owned by the Borough of Greenwich. Public male and female toilets are also located in this building and are available for use during the café opening hours. The café part of the building is leased to the café operator.

There have been plans to build roads through Oxleas leading to a Thames Gateway Bridge over the River Thames as part of the Thames Gateway redevelopment plans. These plans were abandoned in 1993 after strong local protests. The proposals for the Thames Gateway bridge have recently been revived and there is concern that, if built, this would lead to pressure to link it to the A2, crossing Oxleas. See also List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in London Greenwich parks and open spaces

MGM Macau and Oxleas Wood

MGM Macau (美高梅, formerly known as MGM Grand Macau) is a 35-story, 600-room casino resort in Macau, China. Under a sub concession approved by the Macau government, the project is owned and operated as a 50–50 joint venture between MGM Resorts International and Pansy Ho, daughter of Macau casino magnate Stanley Ho. The sub-concession is one of several examples of new casino construction following the end of the government-granted monopoly held for decades by Stanley Ho.

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Layout

Phase One of the casino floor accounts for 20,620 m2 (222,000 sq ft) square metres over two levels and wrapping around the Grande Praça; with table games and slot machines.

The property includes a convention space of 1,452 m2 (15,630 sq ft), including The Grand Ballroom of 807 square metre for business meetings, social events and weddings; and partner with Six Senses Spa to have a space of 2,720 square metre that includes 12 treatment areas.

MGM Macau also features a number of restaurant outlets, bars, and lounges. There are 12 food and beverage outlets in total.

Soon after Wynn Macau expansion plans became public, the MGM Macau announced its own plans for expansion, only weeks after the project was publicly launched. The expansion will add 4,400 m2 (47,000 sq ft) to the casino floor's 2nd level. The additional space allows 70 more game tables and 240 slot machines added. History

The MGM Grand Macau was opened on 18 December 2007 at a cost of US$1.25 billion.

The property was renamed to MGM Macau, as part of MGM Mirage's 2010 rebranding to MGM Resorts International.

On 18 April 2011, an initial public offering was announced. Under the agreement, Pansy Ho would receive a 29 percent stake in the company, MGM China Holdings Ltd, which was created as a listing vehicle for the IPO. MGM Resorts would hold 51 percent and the public would receive 20 percent. The company raised US$1.5 billion from its IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange at the top price of the range. See also Gambling in Macau
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