Our Halesworth Town Park caters for our whole community.
It was created in 1971/2 adjacent to the old Halesworth Navigation Canal and Lock. This was used by 57 ‘ flat-bottomed wherries with distinctive rust-coloured trapezoid sails to carry goods along the Blyth Valley to Southwold Harbour from 1757-1911.
A tributary of the Blyth – the Town River –runs through the park
The grounds are formed from several notable old gardens. providing significant numbers of beautiful mature trees, including beech, ash, willow and London Plane.
These gardens included that of Hooker House, the birthplace of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker – plant collector and explorer and a Director of Kew after his father, another notable Halesworth resident. The bicentenary of Joseph’s birth is being celebrated this year with a Commemorative Trail around the perimeter of the park with planting of trees and shrubs closely associated with Hooker.
The Park is the entrance way to Halesworth’s unique Millennium Green – the largest, at 5 acres, in the country. It is particularly rich in wildlife, including kingfishers, owls, egrets and herons, great spotted woodpeckers, tree creepers, tawny owls, otters, water voles, several species of bats together with adders and slow worms .
Halesworth Town Park Facilities
Pay & display Car Parking, Disabled access, Public toilets
1.5 ha green space, bordered by mature trees
Town River and Halesworth Navigation towpath walks
National Cycle Route 1 passing through providing access to the Millennium Green riverside meadows and countryside beyond
Enclosed toddlers’ play area with new equipment suitable for all.
Teenagers’ skateboard park, Basketball practice area