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.

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 33 children’s play areas and sports walls in and around the city.

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 have worked in partnership 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 increasing number of wildflower drifts.

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.

Fees for the Use of Open Spaces

For all fees for use of parks and open spaces, please click here

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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