Across the A23 from Tilgate Park, Broadfield Park is set in the grounds of Broadfield House, a Grade II Listed Building dating back to 1830.
Broadfield Park was designated a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in 2012, it includes lakes and ponds, wet woodland, mixed woodland, meadow and parkland. As the grounds of a former country house, the park also contains some formal features and specimen trees. The site provides accessible natural green space for local residents and is supported by an active Friends group. A trail leads from the lawns past the ponds along a boardwalk and through the woodland.
The woodland contains a variety of native trees and seven species of fern grow in the damper, shady places. Celandine, wood anemone, wood sorrel and bluebells all flourish in spring before the leaf canopy shades out the light. In summer, foxgloves, hedge woundwort, figwort and great mullein are some of the flowers found on the edges of the rides. Birds such as nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker, tree creeper, blackcap, coal and long-tailed tits inhabit the woods. A stream runs through the woods into ponds and a lake. Marsh marigold, flag iris and sedges grow in the boggy areas surrounding the ponds, where frogs, toads and newts spawn in spring. Coot, moorhen, mallard and Canada geese are resident here and with heron and kingfisher occasionally seen. Many damselflies and dragonflies are on the wing in the summer months.
The meadow is managed to allow daffodils, common spotted orchids, black knapweed, devil’s bit scabious and a variety of other meadow plants to flower and set seed. In summer, the flowers attract meadow brown and skipper butterflies, and grasshoppers are commonly heard.
Combine your visit with the Broadfield to Bewbush circular walk .
Help to manage this site, become a volunteer with Gatwick GreenSpace Partnership .
Broadfield Park is part of The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, operated by Fields in Trust , a campaign to protect outdoor recreational spaces in communities all across the country as a permanent living legacy of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Six outdoor spaces in Crawley were chosen to become part of the scheme – one for each decade of the Queen’s reign.
The park can be accessed either via the A23 or on foot via Vulcan Close. There are also three footpaths directly into the park from Woodmans Hill.
Nearest Bus Stop: Numbers 271, 273 & 773 (Broadfield Park stop).
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