Wealden District Council

Come and enjoy Walshes Park

Media Release : 16 May 2017

Wealden’s new open access countryside area, Walshes Park in Crowborough, is now open, following the completion of nearly 3kms of all-weather track.

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The 70 acre High Weald pasture will also include a further 3km of cut grass track.

“It’s a great location with some splendid open scenery and wildlife,” said Councillor Ann Newton, Wealden Cabinet member for Planning and Development. “The perfect place for a country stroll or to exercise your dog. We have installed notice boards at the entrance to provide seasonal information about what is happening in the park and what to look out for. Further work is scheduled for summer clearing the vegetation around the moated remains of what is believed to be the original medieval Walsh Manor.”

It is already proving popular with local people.

"Residents are delighted to have this facility on their doorstep which benefits many members of the community,” said Jo Stonebrook, chair of Alderbook Residents’ Association. “Parents enjoy using it with their children as a fantastic place to play - a real adventure the whole family can use! Dog owners can make the most of the different fields whilst those wishing to keep fit find the layout useful for walking and running."

Walshes Park is located near Stone Cross on the southern side of Crowborough with temporary car parking in Alderbrook Way. A permanent car park will be added in the future.

It is an important part of the infrastructure of the north of Wealden. Walshes Park provides an alternative recreational venue to Ashdown Forest, helping to protect the flora and fauna of this internationally important heathland. In planning terms it known as a Suitable Alterative Natural Green Space (SANGS), and is being paid for through contribution for housing developments taking place in the area.

Work is taking place on Wealden’s second SANGS, Owlsbury Park at Little Horsted, which will provide recreational countryside for the people of Uckfield and the surrounding area.

A short video showing an aerial view of Walshes Park can be seen on our Youtube channel