New name for countryside park being developed on the outskirts of Uckfield, off the A22 at Little Horsted
Works on Horsted Green Park, a newly created 74-acre site, is on course to finish in late spring.
The park, to the south of Uckfield, can be seen from the public footpath which links Ridgewood to Horsted Green.
Following completion, the park will become an open access area for the public, including dog walkers.
The Uckfield site, which will be Wealden’s second Suitable Alternative Green Space to meet the planning requirements to protect Ashdown Forest from increased visitor use, was called Owlsbury Park but the name has been changed to Horsted Green Park to better reflect its location.
The landscaping work is being carried out by the Hailsham firm, Chaffin Works, and the project manager is the Uckfield firm of surveyors, Lawson Queay.
Walshes Park in Crowborough opened last May and is a 70-acre park with far reaching views across Wealden.
It has a number of circular walks for all ages and abilities and further enhancements are being carried out this year to the site to improve access on the wetter parts of the site. There are a number of benches to allow you to sit and enjoy the view and environment, or simply explore the river bank.
“Public access opportunities are increasing through-out the district,” said Councillor Claire Dowling, Cabinet member for Public Health and Community Safety.
“Through our planning policy, which aims to protect our landscape while making Wealden a great place to live, work and play; and community policies which seek to encourage healthy lifestyles, we are helping to provide everyone with the chance to enjoy exercising in the green gym that is the Wealden countryside.”