Description

Completed in 2007, the park landscape has established a robust green setting for children’s play for all ages, sports fields, walking and cycling routes, ornamental gardens, picnic and sitting spaces and a developing wildflower meadow in the ecological zone.

The park connects to the public footpath network, and so is a very suitable start location for walking and cycling in the wider countryside. The circular footpath layout in the park provides a very gentle mile long walk or jogging trail which is ideal for all ages and abilities.

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Play and sport facilities for children and teenagers are available, including:

  • A multi-games court
  • A skateboard area
  • Sports field with 5-a-side pitch, and
  • A BMX track

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Location

Sturry Road Community Park, Sturry Road, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1AD.

OS Grid Reference: TR 172 595

The site is located south of the A28, 3.5km northeast of Canterbury. It is situated within an area of open fields to the south and east, residential and retail developments to the west and the main road to the north. A Park and Ride facility, owned and operated by Canterbury City Council is located immediately to the north.

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Size and physical features

The Community Park covers 18.5 hectares (45 acres) and was part of a site excavated for gravel between the early 1960’s and 1978 and then filled with domestic, industrial and commercial waste. There are informal access points to the adjoining National Cycle Route 1.

Surrounding land

The site is adjacent to a Site of Special Scientific Interest  called Chequers Wood and Old Park, which abuts the southern boundary. Much of it is in the ownership of the Ministry of Defence in connection with the nearby barracks.

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Old Park encompasses a scarce habitat known as unimproved acid grassland, while Chequers Wood is a good example of a base-rich spring line alder wood. Areas of gorse and an old pond add further interest for wildlife. Some uncommon plants occur here and the area supports a diverse breeding bird community.

There are rights of way across Old Park. Please keep to footpaths, as the area is used for military purposes.