It’s Love Parks Week – 13 – 22 July – and there’s never been a better time to get out and about and explore Knowsley’s great green spaces.
And while the borough boasts a variety of well-known parks, gardens, woodlands, natural spaces, sports areas and playgrounds, there are also some hidden gems you may not have had a chance to discover.
Here are just a few we’re showcasing this week – but there are many more right on your doorstep.
Henley Park, Whiston
Henley Park has a café, play area, outdoor gym and plenty of room to play or walk your dog.
What people have said about Henley Park….
‘Lovely little park, with outdoor gym. Plenty of benches. Nice to walk around’
‘Cute park that has had features added over the years. The best addition has been the play area for children but the cafe has been long overdue.
The layout of the park has barely changed in thirty years.
Perfect location to unwind or workout alone’
Ten Acre Pits, Huyton
Ten Acre Pits is a small mature woodland nestled within the Paramount estate, Huyton, that is designated as a Local Wildlife Site. The site is highly undulating; the result of its history as a Marl Pit. In 2012, the Friends of Ten Acre Pits secured funding to install new paths, seating, signage and a sculpture trail to help more people access the woods and enjoy the wildlife it supports. Visit the on-site noticeboard to get involved with the Friends or contact Knowsley Council on 0151 443 2482.
Sawpit Park, Huyton
Sawpit Park opened in September 1999 and was once a woodland called Paradise Wood which belonged to the Molyneaux-Seel family, landowners of the manor of Huyton Hey. Within these woods were two pits used to saw logs, hence the name.
Halewood Park, Ducky Pond
Halewood Park Triangle is Halewood’s main public park, securing Green Flag Award in 2011. Consisting largely of mature woodland, with ponds, meadow habitat and heathland remnants, the Park is a designated Local Wildlife Site. Its layout is closely linked to its railway history. It formed part of the Liverpool Loop Line and the Transpennine Trail now follows the route leading southwards to Halewood Doorstep Green.
Acornfield Plantation, Kirkby
Acornfield Plantation, Knowsley’s only Local Nature Reserve, is a remnant of the once extensive country estate woodlands that covered the area. As well as a diverse woodland habitat, the site also boasts acid grasslands and, most notably, a rare lowland basin mire; a habitat which once dominated the Kirkby Mosslands to the east. In 2012, major infrastructure improvements were kick-started on the site
There’s much more to do in our local parks than you may think. Here are just a few ideas to get you out and active all year round!
For more information about parks and green spaces in Knowsley visit the council’s website.