The creation of the Woodland Park has been a major development of The Bridford Trust. The park has been established as an amenity for the community, offering a natural environment for all to enjoy. The land was purchased in 2002. It was subsequently fenced and the entrances constructed, and most of the trees planted during the following winter.
Landscaping work was carried out to level the green, strip the wildflower meadow of top soil and create the car park area, and the park as formally opened in May 2003. Subsequently an arena with raised seating was created. An information centre was erected which contains a large table- ideal for educational purposes.
While photographs give an indication of some of the features within the park, a satellite image perhaps give the best overview of its design, which was created by David Price, Environmental Planning Consultant. This Google Maps © image, taken in the early years of the park’s development clearly shows key design elements: the raised seating area, the location of the information centre, the many pathways weaving their way across the park.
An aerial photo (orthomosaic) created by Tom Williams in 2017 shows how the park has developed, with the key design elements having strengthened over time (please click on the image for a high resolution version).