The Crannybrook is already home to the Kingfisher, and otters have been seen visiting the stream. As the area is so wet, dragonflies and damselflies will be abundant around the Country Park in late spring and summer, and we will run dragonfly spotter days to help you meet your natural neighbours.
During the winter months the ground is likely to be wet. However, the landowners are working hard to help install a route of hard surfaced paths, on which you will be able to make use of the Country Park for the whole year. It presently comes in small parcels including the railway line fields, the dog walking area, central orchard and grassland, standing deadwood field and the area on the southern side of the old A30. In the future these will all link up with crossing points over the internal link roads in the town.
The Country Park used to be an intensive dairy farm. The grassland over the years has been much improved. Our vision is to turn it back into wild flower meadows, running alongside a shady river bank, with areas of open grassland for kids to run free. There will be pockets with orchards heavily laden with fruits which we can pick as a community and make produce from, the bees are going to love it!
In the future we hope to actively manage our grassland using grazing animals. Compartments of the Country Park will be carefully selected and grazed seasonally to help keep the grass growth under control. This will also enable us to teach youngsters about where their food comes from and the wildlife benefits of farming.
We are also going to add a nature reserve which will be a quiet area of the Country Park. We have already started to install some ponds and wet scrapes here, and hope our first inhabitants might move in during 2015. There will be access for people and school groups, but no dogs here, as it will be a refuge for wildlife.
The historical landscape of Cranbrook also has untold stories, from the Roman Road that runs beneath the Country Park to the Bronze Age burial mounds and sacred fossilised tree that were found beneath the new school. We shall be exploring these stories in the future.
Most importantly we want to make this a Country Park that you will want to spend time in, and we plan to have exciting projects and events that will keep you visiting again and again.
There is a map in the Younghayes Centre (open 7 days a week) which shows up to date information on the access points to the Country Park, which may vary due to ongoing construction at Cranbrook.
Paths are under construction during 2015 and 2016. Terrain is level.
No dogs in areas where livestock are grazing, and in the Nature Reserve.