Lily Hill Park

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Green Flag logoLily Hill Park is a Green Flag Award winning 23-hectare public open space, located to the north east of Bracknell and less than a mile from the town centre.

Facilities and key features

Lily Hill Park has:

  • historic parkland - an original yew walk, traditional orchard and mighty wellingtonia at Forester’s Hill
  • woodland - fine stands of beech trees and oaks to the east and rhododendrons of Starch Copse to the west
  • formal gardens - an Edwardian water garden, a pond and a ‘ha ha’ sunken fence lie to the west
  • England's longest picnic bench (carved from a single piece of wood)
  • a story-telling throne where visitors can capture snapshots of their day-to-day lives

Events and activities

Events and activities at Lily Hill Park include:

  • a summer dog show
  • an autumn fungal foray
  • heritage tours of the park
  • a permanent orienteering course
  • an education pack that explains the carvings and interpretation boards found at Lily Hill Park - it can also be tailored by teachers to particular requirements for use on-site or in the classroom

For further information about our events and activities please take a look at the on-site noticeboards, or you can download our parks and countryside events programme.

Storytelling throne

Come and use our new storytelling throne at Lily Hill Park to capture key snapshots of your day-to-day life.

The throne provides a raised photo point where visitors can take their own repeated pictures from the same spot over multiple visits to the park to build a collection of photographs. This will help them remember time spent with family and friends in the beautiful heritage park.

If you would like your pictures uploaded onto our website for everyone to enjoy, simply email them to lilyhillpark@bracknell-forest.gov.uk including a short description of who features in the pictures and when they were taken.

The story telling throne has been carved from the trunk of a veteran chestnut tree that died last year, and continues the tradition of sustainably re-using timber on the park wherever possible. It is also the story of the contributions made by partner councils to the ongoing management of the park, and an opportunity to recognise their input.

History

A comprehensive history of the house and park, which was originally formed as a 19th century 'gentleman's residence', is available in the leaflet 'Lily Hill Park - The making of an English Landscape’.

Restoration

In more recent years the park has seen locals successfully fight off a bid to build residential houses on the lawns of the building in the 1990s and the restoration of some of the key Victorian features of Lily Hill Park thanks to a grant received from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2001.

How to get there

Lily Hill Park is open all year round. View our location map.

By car

Lily Hill Road, Bracknell, RG12 2RX, north of the park or Lily Hill Drive, Bracknell, RG12 2UJ, south west of the park.

By bus

Several bus stops are located near the park. Go to the Traveline website for timetable information.

By cycle

Lily Hill Lodge on London Road or via the principle car park to the north of the park, off Lily Hill Road.

By foot

There are 11 pedestrian access points located around the perimeter, leading off London Road, Lily Hill Road, Lily Hill Drive and Arden Close.

Disabled access

Most of Lily Hill Park is accessible, except for some paths to the east over Vincent’s Hill and Forester’s Hill which have steps and are unsuitable for wheeled vehicles. The path network and the location of steps are indicated on maps on the site noticeboards.

Award

Lily Hill Park holds the Green Flag status.

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