What better way to mark Love Parks Week (23 July to 1 August) than to take a tour around the UK and discover some parkland gems close to Redrow’s developments.
We only select the very best locations to build, with great green spaces for you to enjoy on the doorstep. Many of our developments even incorporate parks, open space, woodland and wildlife areas of their own. Here are our top 10 recommendations for great parks to visit near you.
1. Lancashire - Worden Park, Leyland
Set amid open countryside, residents at our Worden Gardens development can enjoy having Worden Park as their next door neighbour. As part of our work on site, the park is undergoing a significant extension to create a parkland area around Shaw Brook, meaning families will be able to spend plenty of time outdoors. If you’ve ever asked yourself ‘Where are the best parks near me?’, you’d be hard pushed to find a better ‘all-rounder’ than Worden Park. A natural haven, it features mature woodlands, open meadows, historic landscapes, varied wildlife and a peaceful setting where you can walk, picnic and relax in undisturbed surroundings. It’s also a great family day out offering an adventure playground, beautiful Georgian walled garden, hedge maze and coffee shop. A miniature railway and nine-hole crazy golf course are both open weekends and bank holidays, while the Worden Arts Centre often offers craft centre workshops by local artists and makers in its courtyard.
2. Cheshire – Marbury Park, Northwich
Within a 10-minute drive of our three Hartford developments is Marbury Park in the heart of Northwich Community Woodlands. More than just a park, it also features an outdoor swimming pool for those who enjoy a refreshing dip through the spring and summer. This unheated open-air pool is nestled within lawned gardens and surrounded by woodland. There is an 'adult' pool with two diving boards plus a small children's paddling pool with both open to members of Marbury Park Swimming Club and available for private hire. There are lovely views over the mere to the church at Great Budworth, or visitor can choose to explore the arboretum, lime avenues and community orchard – legacies of a time when the land was home to a grand estate. For families there’s a children play area and picnic area so you can spend as long as you need exploring this green gem. There’s even a small dog agility area featuring rustic jumps, ramps, tunnels and weaving poles.
3. North Wales – Wepre Park, Connah’s Quay
One of the prettiest parks in North Wales, Wepre Park boasts 160 acres of green space, a river and even a waterfall, attracting local residents including those from our nearby Millstone View development in Penymynydd. Its appeal isn’t just local though, walkers come from miles around to explore its interesting landscape and woodland paths, including the trail up to the thirteenth century ruins of Ewloe Castle. Children will love paddling in the brook, playing on the adventure playground or visiting the café in the visitor centre, which serves delicious ice creams, making it a great destination for families over the summer holidays. There are also two football pitches and a fishing pool and lots of free parking. The location also hosts a popular weekly Parkrun event, when restrictions allow.
4. Yorkshire – Green Park, Leeds
While not quite ready for visitors yet, we couldn’t let Love Parks week pass by without telling you about the fabulous park planned for Thorpe Park in Leeds, close to our collection of new homes there. Green Park will be Leeds’ first new community park in over 100 years and will eventually provide 113 acres of landscaped areas, public open space and sports facilities including four 3G pitches. Subject to planning, a sporting pavilion will house changing facilities, a community cafe and meeting rooms for use by local business and the wider community.
5. West Midlands - Telford Town Park, Telford
Less than two-and-a-half miles from our Abbey Fields and Abbey Walk developments is one of the best town parks in the UK – Telford Town Park, home to adventure activities and amazing events. Outdoor pursuits on offer include the Sky Reach high ropes course, adventure golf course and disc (frisbee) golf. There are also cycling routes, walking trails, relaxing gardens, a play area and fishing spots to discover. For those who enjoy a slower pace, the kiosk outside the visitor centre offers the chance to buy hot and cold drinks and snacks. The park also plays host to a range of events both outdoors and indoors; attracting international stars to play at the QEII Arena.
6. South Wales – Parc Cefn Onn, Cardiff
A mere 20 minute walk from our Churchfields development in Lisvane, Cardiff, is Parc Cefn Onn – an area that boasts vivid floral displays in the summer and awe-inspired natural colour in the autumn. Located on Cardiff’s northern edge, this designated country park is Grade II listed with a rich history. The upper park was originally laid out a century ago by former owner Ernest Prosser, Director of the adjacent Rhymney Valley Railway, while the story of the park is told in a mural at the entrance. Situated within a gentle valley containing the Nant Fawr stream, it also provides access to the footpaths of Caerphilly Mountain. Both native and exotic trees create a stunning backdrop for a relaxed walk amongst nature, and the streams, ponds and woodlands create a rich environment for local wildlife to thrive.
7. Bristol – Stoke Park Estate
A stone’s throw from our Frenchay Gardens development is the beautiful Stoke Park Estate, an area of park and gardens open to the public all year round. With a rich heritage and a variety of walking trails, there is historical interest around every corner including a fishing lake, also known as Duchess pond, Grade II listed Hermitage Tunnel, Purdown BT Tower and Purdown Percy, a World War II anti-aircraft battery, now a scheduled monument. The yellow Dower House, built in 1563 as a private stately home, has since been converted to private flats but still provides an architectural landmark for walkers, following one of the park’s many footpaths and trails, to admire.
8. West Sussex – Borde Hill Garden
Within easy reach of our new homes at Penlands Green is Borde Hill Garden. This green oasis features many mature and award-winning trees in the Grade II listed landscape. The woodland and parkland also contains numerous rare and exotic trees planted by Colonel Stephenson R Clarke, who sponsored the great plant hunters to travel all over the world in the early 20th century. In addition, the garden has an adventure playground with zip wire, balance bars and climbing frames. Families can enjoy a picnic beside the lakes or attend one of the numerous children’s events hosted throughout the year, including the Easter Egg Hunt and Halloween trail.
9. Essex – Langdon Hills Country Park
A hop skip and a jump from our Westley Green development is Langdon Hills Country Park. Positioned on a hilly ridge that extends from Dunton to Vange, its 400 acres have panoramic views over the Thames Estuary and across to London. The park has ancient woodlands dating back to prehistoric times, with flower-rich grassland meadows and areas of dense wild plants. There are picnic areas and a good network of footpaths and horse and cycle tracks linking to the surrounding countryside. The park has been awarded the Green Flag Award, the national standard for parks and green spaces and is also designated a Living Landscape area.
10. London - Thames Barrier Park
The Thames Barrier Park is a seven-hectare area located in the borough of Newham not too far from our Pontoon Reach development. Opened in 2000, it features abundant wildlife and picnic areas, playgrounds, a basketball court, visitor pavilion and coffee shop with views of the river and Thames Barrier. Rather astonishingly it is located upon a disused chemical works on the Thames riverbank, which has since been covered with a six foot layer of crushed concrete to protect the new habitats above. The park’s design features 32 fountains in a stone courtyard as well as a 'Green Dock' - a 130-foot-long sunken garden intended as a reminder of the site's dockland heritage. Two bridges span the Green Dock which provide views of the colourful vistas and scented gardens, as well as the Thames Barrier itself.