Houghton Hall Park is a 17 hectare urban public park, located centrally within Houghton Regis. The Park has a rich heritage and plays an important role in the history, culture and landscape of the local area.
The Park includes The Green and the area formerly known as the Renault Sports Club football fields. Houghton Hall House and its outbuildings are still visible to the north of the Park but are in private ownership. The Park currently has the former Kitchen Garden, an ornamental Orchard, Eastern and Western Woodlands, as well as a network of scenic walks. Flowers like Lady’s Bedstraw, Field Scabious, and White Campion are now common.
Free car parking provision is located at the Park Road North entrance. Entry to the Park is free and it is open all year round.
Houghton Hall Park ‘Renaissance and Renewal’ Project
The park has been awarded a funding bid from Heritage and Big Lottery Funds ‘Parks for People’ grant scheme. We are planning to use the funds to transform the park through the Renaissance and Renewal project, which aims to restore the vitality of the park by bringing together different user groups, increasing accessibility, improving facilities and celebrating the parks heritage. The project will also aim to halt the degradation of landscape, refresh heritage features and preserve the park for future generations.
For details of how to get involved in volunteering on site or developing plans for the project, contact Alexe Rose of The Greensand Trust (link opens in new window):
Tel: 01525 234260
Sign up for regular e-newsletters on the Houghton Hall Park website and (link opens in new window)Facebook (link opens in new window) page, or contact the Houghton Hall Park Project Officer Nicole Kenny on 0300 300 6940 or email email@example.com.
Project Progress Update - October 2015
We have appointed Chris Burnett from Chris Burnett Associates as our landscape architect. Chris has worked on several large scale Heritage Lottery Projects, most recently the regeneration of The Swiss Gardens on the Shuttleworth Estate, Bedfordshire.
Hazel coppicing is planned for December by our friends of Houghton Hall Park volunteer group.
Throughout the winter we have tree and scrub clearance planned, and an archaeological exploration on the site of the new café. The New Year will see the beginning of tree planting and woodland management, kitchen garden and formal garden construction and the establishment of a works compound on site.
The contract for the new café building will be going to advertisement this autumn with a contractor appointed and beginning work in the New Year.
Keep track of progress with the project on our new Houghton Hall website (link opens in new window) and dedicated Houghton Hall Facebook page.