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One of the town’s most attractive green spaces, this small 1.9 hectare site was originally a small wood surrounded by open heathland. In 1703 the owner, the Earl of Buckingham, placed the woodland in trust to be preserved forever for the benefit of the local residents, which it is to this day.
There has been a play area in the park since 1899, and the modern incarnation is a fenced-off area with a slide, swings, a climbing frame and much more. Very popular with local families on weekdays, the playground becomes much quieter on weekends, while there are a number of grassy areas and benches from which to enjoy the park after a day spent exploring the town.
The ‘Friends of the Grove’ society hosts a number of events for the local community, including Wildlife Walks, and has also placed bird boxes around the park to attract wildlife into the area. More details of these can often be found posted around the park, or at www.friendsofthegrove.com. This park has been awarded a Green Flag. These awards recognise the best green spaces in the country, helping you choose where to visit.
Easy access information
This park and open space has well surfaced routes suitable for visitors with pushchairs and/or wheelchairs, and has no width restricting features, such as stiles or non RADAR kissing gates.