South Hill Park’s Award-Winning Grounds
South Hill Park Arts Centre is set in beautiful Green Flag Award Winning parkland south of Bracknell town centre. The large, historic grounds are open to the public and include landscaped gardens, lakes, children’s play areas and woodland, all of which surround the Grade II listed building.
The grounds of South Hill Park were restored back to their former glory thanks to a £2.3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund in 2008. Over the course of four years, the park was vastly improved for the benefit of the public and wildlife. Restored original features include a Yew Walk and Italian Garden. The total cost of this ambitious project amounted to £4.4 million, which paid for works on-site and then 10 years of ongoing maintenance.
You can find out more about the restoration project and Conservation Management Plan by visiting Bracknell Forest Council’s website or contacting Kath Moss, South Hill Park Grounds Manager, on 01344 352000.
South Hill Park is a two-times Green Flag awarded site and winner of Best Local Authority Park, Thames and Chiltern In Bloom,2013
Facilities and key features:
- Italian Garden restored to the original designs of architect Temple Moore
- Four way-marked trails to guide your way around these historic grounds
- Two balancing ponds that are popular for fishing and are home to an array of wildlife
- New paths and improved access points
- An amphitheatre which is popular for outdoor performances
- Small Rose Garden which leads onto a Yew walk, with a rose strewn arcade
- Sculptures including the Rings of Pachamama by Lucy Strachan
- Toddler garden including natural play features
- Café – for opening times visit our Eat & Drink page
- Woodlands of birch, lime, oak and sweet chestnut
Management of the grounds is a partnership between Bracknell Forest Council, Bracknell Town Council and South Hill Park Arts Centre. The area to the south of Ringmead is owned and managed by Bracknell Forest Council, while the northern area is managed by Bracknell Town Council. Both lakes are owned by Thames Water and act as balancing ponds for the town, by storing excess water during periods of heavy rainfall.