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Pishiobury Park

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Registered historic parkland in Sawbridgeworth with 10 Points of Interest

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Car Park

Car Park

Main entrance and car park

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Cattle Trough

Agriculture/Grazing

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Main Parkland

Site of historical interest

Grade 2 registered historic parkland. Extensive area of species rich neutral grassland with scattered mature tree planting, formal landscape ‘roundals’ and Avenues.

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Natural Spring

Water Habitat

The spring has been subject to extensive work in the last few years with vegetation being cleared and fencing installed to prevent access and trampling from the cattle. A conservation bund has been constructed around the perimeter using material from the park including stacked wood to encourage invertebrates.  A short boardwalk has been constructed across the boggy area adjacent to the spring.

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Picnic Area

Picnic Area

Specially designed picnic furniture reflects the grandeur and rural character of the park.

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Pond

Water Habitat

Protective fencing surrounds the pond area

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Springhall Meadows

Agriculture/Grazing

Damp grassland flood meadow recently returned to extensive grazing

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Park Information

Pishiobury Park is a registered historic parkland (Grade 2 star) with a history that spans from the Neolithic period, with evidence of Roman occupation, links to Henry VIII and evidence of ‘Capability’ Brown style landscape features.

The park is located off the A1184 and nestles between the towns of Sawbridgeworth and Harlow on the Hertfordshire and Essex border. It is bounded to the North West by the A1184. The north east and south west boundaries are backed onto by residential properties. The south east boundary consists of wet woodland (The Osier Bed), grazed fields, flood meadows and the River Stort navigation.

The original park covered a much larger area, some retained as open land but privately owned and some developed for housing. The remaining 30 ha of parkland has been designated a County Wildlife Site and is laid largely to grazed pasture with scattered mature trees, roundels, hedgerows and woodland belts lining the perimeter.

The largest woodland area, Nursery Wood, lines the north east boundary.  The site is dominated by a central raised spine running north to south, Oak Walk, which contributes to the treescape and is lined with a range of tree species. The east facing slope leading down from Oak Walk to the fence line of the Osier bed has a diverse grassland sward. To the south west boundary of the park is a planted double avenue of limes.

A series of drainage ditches run through the park and there is a pond and a natural spring.

 

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On Site Facilities

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How to get here

Parking:

 A free off road car park can be accessed from the A1184, opposite Hand Lane, CM21 0AY.  Directions here

Pedestrian access is also available from Newton Drive, Springhall Lane and Pishiobury Drive


Public Transport Information:

508/509 and 510 Bus routes pass entrance.

Further information on public transport is available here: www.intalink.org.uk/ and www.nationalrail.co.uk


Cycling:

Access to park only via surrounding roads


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