Parks & Open Spaces

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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. Click here to find out how to take care in our parks this winter.

**Tender Opportunity - Arboricultural Services**

Salisbury City Council is committed to the high quality and proactive management of its tree stock and has identified the need to appoint an Arboricultural Contractor in order to manage this stock effectively. The contractor is to provide the full range of Arboriculture services. All works will be undertaken in a relatively small geographical area covering Salisbury City Council boundaries only.

Please click here to view the tender specification

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 mid February 2016. 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!

Bishopdown includes a large area left as meadow, with paths cut through for dog walkers and those walking to the local school and facilities. The path even follows the brow of the hill to Old Sarum – this can be incorporated into circular walks and has lovely views of the city.

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 for a link to the Application Form for our 2016 competitions and to see the winners from summer 2015.

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.

Friends of Middle Street Meadow

Formed in 2015, this group help maintain and care for Middle Street Meadow as well as contributing to long term maintenance plans. To join or find out more please contact the Parks Department or visit the Friends’ website.

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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