New 70-acre park to open to public in the spring
A new 70-acre park at Crowborough is expected to open to the public in the spring.
Walshes Park so far has 2.8 km of all-weather paths and in the future over-grazed grassland is to be restored and a further series of marked paths to be incorporated into the pasture.
Work will also include planting new woodland areas followed by a raised boardwalk giving all-weather access across marshland by the Alder Brook and providing a viewing area for the moated remains of what is believed to have been the original Walsh Manor.
Wealden Council is carrying out the work on the site which has been developed as Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANGS) funded from developers’ contributions.
The council, which has sought view of councillors, Crowborough Town Council, Rotherfield Parish Council, the Alderbrook Residents’ Association and High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, would like to hear from other prospetive users of the park.
Cabinet member for planning and development Cllr Ann Newton said: “We want to see Walshes Park used for enjoyment and exercise, taking advantage of its natural features.
“We do not want to see it fitted out for specific sports but do envisage some installations such as information boards, distance markers and picnic areas for an enhanced countryside experience.
“It will provide a particularly good venue for dog walkers – bearing in mind both dog and owner benefit from the exercise. The more enjoyable the venue, the longer the walk.”
Please email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. A formal opening of the park will take place later this year.
The cost of providing the Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space at Walshes Park is being refunded from developers’ contributions, as new developments, including 160 new homes at Walsh Manor Farm, take place.
Temporary car parking for Walshes Park is in Alderbrook Way, in addition to access off the local public footpath network.
On-going conservation work over the coming year includes creating an access to the remains of the historic moated manor, increasing the number of native trees, removing invasive Himalayan balsam from banks of the Alder Brook and looking to see how more wildlife including owls and brown trout can be encouraged back to this important example of High Weald meadowland.