Christchurch Park was the first public park in Ipswich, opening in 1895. It extends over 33 hectares of picturesque grounds right in the heart of the town. The Park is a designated County Wildlife Site and is located in one of Ipswich's conservation areas. It is on the English Heritage register of historic parks and gardens of special historic interest.
It has a variety of habitats including ponds, grassland, native and non-native plants, and woodland - including old and veteran trees.
The oaks and sweet chestnuts in Christchurch Park are particularly important as some of them are 300 - 400 years old. Many of the species that thrive in the park today are rare in an urban situation.
There is a fantastic children's play area, which provides a clean, bright and safe area for children up to the age of 14. You can find the Playground more or less in the centre of the Park, at the top of the hill above the Reg Driver Visitor Centre.
The 1898 Refreshments Pavilion is just 100 metres to the east of the Playground (adjacent to the recently rebuilt Toilet block) and is often an important part of a child's visit! There is also a teen play area, a hard court suitable for various ball games.
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