Brook Park Country Park Opens for Visitors and Wildlife
A 35-acre country park was opened to the public on the 23rd June 2010. The former arable field will become woodland and wildflower meadows for the benefit of the community and wildlife on the edge of Clacton. Brook Park Country Park was opened by John Hall, the Director of Essex Wildlife Trust with children from Great Clacton Church of England Junior School.
The park provides a much needed recreational resource for the community and new habitat. Access is important so paths have been mown into the country park and a hard pathway laid. Work has also been carried out to install signs, a car park, picnic tables and benches.
The developer Kevin Britton handed it over to Tendring District Council with £500,000 to manage the site for the next ten years. The grass will be cut once a year to encourage the growth of meadow flora. The 8,000 sq m meadow will contain varieties of wild flowers such as Buttercup, Red Campion, Yarrow, Oxeye Daisy and Vetch, which will contribute to the parks bio-diversity and encourage wildlife such as birds, butterflies, bees and other insects. A new hedge will be planted and a ditch created along the Britton Way boundary which will act as a drainage system to prevent surface water from the park running onto the highway.
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