Since 2016, Denehurst Park has been transformed from an unused park into a place for everyone; new infrastructure and a whole host of landscaping works have truly turned the park around.
Located opposite Denehurst House, the stumpery is an impressive feature displaying the intricate nature of tree roots, logs and pieces of timber. Not often seen in parks, it is must for all park visitors to view.
Two picturesque Monet bridges have been carefully landscaped with iris and feature rocks; located along the new park paths.
The park is also home to carved creatures, in addition to ‘Ollie the Owl’ at the main entrance and the hedgehog sat by one of the benches, the park now features a beautifully crafted owl grasping a mouse and also a small caterpillar on an apple. The benches have proved to be very popular amongst all park visitors. Two new creatures now lurk beneath the bridges; Tree Stomper and Pickles. Named by Meanwood and Caldershaw primary school children, their back story and poems can be found on the rockery for all to enjoy.
The herbaceous garden continues to be the pride and joy of the Denehurst gardening group volunteers, with its vibrant colours and lush surroundings it serves as the focal point of the parks regeneration.
Health and well-being have been key considerations of the redevelopment. Creating facilities such as measured paths around the entire park for walking and running exercises, a community orchard and scrumping lane, plus play equipment that will provide physical and mental challenges for children of all ages and abilities.
The new state of the art children’s play area was opened Easter 2019 with a community open day. More than 300 children arrived to take part in a range of activities arranged by the Friends group, and supported by us. The local rugby club and gyms hosted sporting activities while walking groups led children on trails and introduced them to our local bugs and beasties. Renovation of the historic Denehurst House, which will include a new café, has begun.
In July 2018, the hard work and efforts of all involved were recognised as the park was awarded a coveted green flag status.