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Lily Hill Park

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

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’.

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.

Facilities

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 a rare collection of hardy hybrid rhododendrons and azaleas in 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)
  • key features including a Green Man sculpture welcoming you to the park and a story-telling throne where visitors can capture snapshots of their day-to-day lives

How to get to Lily Hill Park

By car

You can drive to:

  • Lily Hill Road, Bracknell, RG12 2RX, north of the park
  • 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 bike

Accessible via the cycleway near 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.

Park management

Bracknell Development Corporation purchased the estate in 1955. The house and its immediate garden were subsequently sold, while the park was transferred to the ownership of Bracknell Forest Borough Council in 1983. The house has been restored and is currently in private commercial ownership.

Lots of events and activities take place at Lily Hill Park throughout the year, including heritage park tours, fungal forays, orienteering events, wildlife walks and a wassail in the community orchard during January:

For more information about our events and activities, please take a look at the on-site noticeboards, or see our events programme.

Wildlife

Lily Hill Park is carefully managed to provide a diverse range of habitats for birds, bats, insects, wild flowers, grasslands and trees. Interesting species observed at the park include:

  • birds such as bullfinch, tree creeper and goldcrest
  • bats from at least six species including long-eared, noctule and pipestrelle
  • wildflowers such as ragged robin and common spotted orchids

Park guide

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