Parks & Open Spaces

QE spring photo

Salisbury is fortunate to be home to a number of parks, green spaces and children’s play areas, which provide residents and visitors opportunities for sport, leisure and recreation.

Salisbury City Council takes great pride in these areas and is dedicated to keeping the City green and in bloom throughout the year.

Parks in Salisbury

Salisbury City Council manages and maintains the three main parks in Salisbury: Churchill Gardens, Queen Elizabeth Gardens & Victoria Park.

Future developments

Salisbury City Council is currently reviewing the management and development needs of the parks, open spaces, play areas and allotment sites in Salisbury. As a part of this, we have drawn up dedicated plans for a number of the sites listed above. Please contact us on 01722 342867 for more detailed information.

Work is currently underway on an enhancement and refurbishment project for Victoria Park. The proposed works are being carried out by Blakedown Landscapes Operations on behalf of Salisbury City Council and the planned works are due to be completed by the end of the year. The park will remain open throughout the duration of the works.  Click here to find out more.

Other open spaces

Additionally, Salisbury has a variety of green spaces offering further opportunities for sport or just taking a little time out. The largest of these spaces are Hudson’s Field; Wyndham Park Open Space; Harnham Recreation Ground; Middle Street Meadow; Bourne Hill Gardens; The Greencroft; and the Ashley Road Open Space and Fisherton Recreation Ground.

Play Areas Sports Walls and Skateparks

Salisbury City Council is responsible for approximately 20 children’s play areas and sports walls in and around the city.

Community Orchards

Salisbury City Council has planted two Community Orchards. One at Bishopdown Green and one at Fisherton Recreation Ground.

The Bishopdown Community Orchard has been designed to be user friendly and visually exciting – with varieties that have a stunning display of blossom as well as heavy, reliable crops.

The Fisherton Community Orchard has been designed to create an area for relaxing and picnicing amongst an interesting mix of twelve apple trees that are of UK heritage.

Nature reserves and Wildflower areas

Salisbury City Council works in conjunction with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust in nurturing areas of the city with a view to supporting wildlife and improving biodiversity, including the Avon Valley Nature Reserve & Bemerton Folly.

We are currently working with Natural England, the Environment Agency and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust to replace the damaged boardwalk in the Avon Valley Nature Reserve.

We are committed to improving biodiversity across the City with our wildflower drift in Harnham Recreation Ground.

2012 saw the creation of a wildflower drift in Bourne Hill Gardens, working with Bright Seeds of Swallowcliffe, we chose two mixes of wildflower – an Old English Meadow mixture and a mix specially designed for shady areas. This project has improved the biodiversity of Bourne Hill, as well as adding colour and interest for insect, butterflies and human visitors alike!

Our Competitions

Each year we welcome creative or green-fingered local residents to take part in our summer competitions - Allotment, City Garden, and Scarecrow.  Please click here to see the winners for summer 2015. Congratulations to all!

Friends of Harnham Slope Group

We also support the work of the Friends of Harnham Slope group in maintaining and improving the stretch of woodland that runs behind Harnham junior school and the nearby houses.

Keeping our Parks and Open Spaces tidy

We are responsible for keeping the city’s parks and green spaces clean and tidy – this includes emptying the bins in the parks.

To report full bins, litter or fly-tipping in our parks please contact us on 01722 342860

Residential & Commerical refuse collection is dealt with by Wiltshire Council 01722 434319

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