Do you enjoy the outside life? Hailsham Town Council has launched another campaign to encourage residents to visit Hailsham Country Park and enjoy the beauty of the summer season.
The Council–maintained Country Park, situated off Gleneagles Drive, covers approximately 22 acres and incorporates woodland, a recreational grass area, two ponds and a lake. A water course skirts the open field area and all–weather footpaths can be found throughout the park to encourage people of all ages to enjoy this precious open space area.
“Offering a peaceful and relaxing environment and with so much to offer, the Country Park is an ideal place to get away from it all,” said Karen Giddings, Environment & Planning Officer at Hailsham Town Council.
“Residents and visitors can bring their family and a picnic, do a spot of fishing at the Gleneagles lake, jog, spot wildlife, exercise their dog or encourage their children to let off steam using the open space to have a run around!”
Hailsham Town Council is proud of its many improvements to the site in recent years, including the construction of a new path around Wentworth Pond and other area–specific projects such as the more recent upgraded and resurfacing of the pathway around the lake, making it more accessible for disabled users.
Furthermore, the park’s high level of maintenance by Town Council works staff, together with regular monitoring of the area by two Water Bailiffs, has ensured that the site remains a safe and clean public green space for the whole community to enjoy.
Town Clerk John Harrison said: “The Town Council maintains over 20 acres of public space, which includes a variety of formal parks and recreation grounds, woodland, lakes and heathland.”
“With the compliments of the Town Council, I would encourage people to take a stroll around Hailsham Country Park and enjoy it during the summer months.“
Lakes & Ponds
Fishing is currently permitted on season at two Town Council managed sites: Hailsham Country Park lake (off Gleneagles Drive) and Hempstead Pond (adjacent to Tilehurst Wood). Both fishing areas are well–stocked with fish including carp, bream, roach, rudd, tench, perch and pike.
Daily fishing permits can be obtained from MFC supplies in Station Road and yearly season tickets are available from the Town Council offices (£40 adult; £25 senior citizens, disabled and children 16 years and under).
If you wish to purchase a season ticket, please telephone Karen Giddings on 01323 841702 or send an email, leaving your contact details. You will then be contacted to make a payment by bank transfer.
Please note that swimming is not permitted in the lake on site. Hailsham Country Park is a beautiful place to visit and enjoy the outdoors, however, the water is very deep and cold, and could pose a potential hazard.
The various woodland sites have a very good selection of tree species including birch, oak, ash, maple and wild cherry. Wildlife residing in the area includes voles, mice, lizards and weasels.
Access & Parking
There are two car parks on the boundaries of the Hailsham Country Park, situated off Holyhead Close and Gleneagles Drive). Car parking is free of charge. Ample directional signage is posted throughout the park.
Monitoring & Site Maintenance
The Town Council employs two part–time Water Bailiffs to monitor the lake and fishing permits respectively. A full–time Environment Warden is responsible for the removal of litter on–site.