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Crowborough Country Park

 
Crowborough Country Park is a 18 acre Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in the Jarvis Brook area of Crowborough.  It is a perfect escape for a peaceful dog walk or a magical place for a family picnic. 

The paths through the park are suitable for pushchairs, however, following significant rainfall these paths may not be as suitable.
 
 
The History of the Park
The park started life as a clay quarry serving the brickworks that closed in 1980.  Evidence of its industrial past can still be seen by the interesting topography on the site. The site of the brickworks was developed into an industrial estate and housing and the quarry was left to natural regeneration.

The quarry was largely unmanaged until 2008 when the Crowborough Town Council Environment Committee took over the site's management. It has been the council’s priority to open up the park for public access and to ensure appropriate conservation: Tracks and bridges were installed and an ecological survey was commissioned.
 
In June 2008 a 5 year conservation management plan was put into action.  During 2009 £40,000 was raised through grants to support the development of the park which resulted in new benches, interpretation boards, a circular way-marked trail, a new leaflet, a new pond and pond-dipping platform.  A great deal of volunteer work was also undertaken including a 2 week project where 16 – 25 year olds were taught how to fell trees with bow saws.  Numerous guided walks, presentations and events were also held.  The local Ranger worked hard to involve the local community by helping to establish a Friends group for the site and in 2010 the main development of the site was completed. In March 2010 the Friends group evolved to become “Crowborough Conservation”, changing our role to support not only the Country Park but also other natural sites in the town.
 
What Can You See There?
A diverse mosaic of habitats are present in the park including dry and wet woodland, remnant ancient coppice, wet marshy areas, streams, grassy and healthy glades, ponds, rock outcrops & slippages. The main stream on site runs through a steep rocky gorge before flowing through areas of ancient hazel and ash coppice and there is also a carpet of bluebells in the spring. These habitats form homes for a wide variety of flora and fauna.

                        


   
 
Images of the Goldcrest and Treecreeper are courtesy of Tom Lee:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/68942208@N02/sets/72157632935032656
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