Walshes Park is the name given to the SANGS (Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space) associated with the 160 home development in Alderbrook.
The aim is to make the SANGS park attractive enough to reduce the number of people driving to the Ashdown Forest and thereby mitigate effects from additional local development on the fragile ecosystem.
Wealden District Council now owns the land. There is a temporary car park at Alderbrook Way, but a larger car park will be built as part of the housing development at the office recycling company on Nightingales. In November last year, Stephan from CrowboroughLife had a look around the 70 acre site. C J Thorne & Co, based in Uckfield, were in the process of constructing access routes and there were tree surgeons on site:
Wealden District Council have recently advertised a contract to construct fences, benches and boardwalks; plant trees and wildflower meadows; and design and install signs and educational boards. A moated manor house from the 13th century was located on the site – a scheduled ancient monument. Next year’s budget to manage the park is £200,000 and £100,000 per year after then. Companies wishing to tender for the work have until 20th March to request the tender pack.
The adjacent woodland, next to Adam Field, is currently leased to Crowborough Town Council (CTC) until 2021. Wealden District Council want to incorporate the woodland into Walshes Park and there will be a discussion at the next CTC Environment Committee on 28th March to consider the proposal.
John Deller from Wealden District Council gave a presentation to the Town Council on 31st January – the slides are attached to the minutes.