Parks Open Spaces around Clacton

Nature and Countryside

Nature and Countryside Tendring District Council maintain many public gardens throughout the Tendring district and these include gardens in Clacton, Frinton & Walton and Harwich & Dovercourt.  Visitors come from far and wide to see the colourful displays each summer.

Floral Gardens, Play Areas ,Clacton Seafront and Garden Walk, Allotments, Conservation and Nature Warden, Grass Cutting Schedules, Highway Verges and Hedgerows
Memorial trees, Nature and Countryside, Public rights of Way, War memorials

Brook Country Park

Brook Country Park is located between the A133 and London Road Roundabout, Clacton.  The total area of the park is approx 14 hectares of rough grassland with scattered blocks of young trees.  The park provides informal, quiet countryside recreation for the public and contributes towards the bio-diversity of the area.

The car park is located at the main entrance of Brook Country Park in Britton Way opposite Tesco’s.  Disabled parking is available. Parking and access to the park is free.

The car park opening times are: (7 days a week) 8am – 6pm 1st November – 31st April, 8am – 9pm 1st May – 31st October

Britton Way, Clacton on Sea, Essex, CO15 3TP

Sea Front Gardens

The Sea Front Gardens in Clacton are often described as the ‘jewel in the crown’ and are admired by locals and visitors alike. They are frequently used as a focal point by the Clacton In Bloom organisation in the annual Anglia in Bloom Competition. In 2007 the Memorial Garden in Clacton was given the honour of the ‘Best Local Authority Floral Display’ at the Anglia in Bloom Award Ceremony.

Both Clacton Sea Front Gardens and The Crescent Gardens are Green Flag Award winning sites. To enjoy our coast and gardens, why not try the Clacton Seafront and Garden Walk.

Pedlars Wood, Frinton/Walton

Situated on the road between Frinton and Walton the wood is separated into two areas either side of Central Avenue. The Frinton side is a woodland walk open to the public, the Walton side has an educational nature trail which is accessible by appointment only.

Cranleigh Close, Clacton on Sea

Cranleigh Close Open Space is a 2.2 acre site off Constable Avenue, Clacton, providing quiet countryside recreation for the public and contributes to the bio-diversity of the area. It is enclosed by a hedged perimeter and has an all-weather access pathway, picnic tables and litter bins. In 2011 pupils from Cann Hall Primary School helped to plant two hundred trees at the site consisting of hawthorn, field maple, mountain ash, birch and hazel. A ‘living shelter’ has also been created from 20 pleached field maples with the branches and crown trained to grow flat. The site is home to a wooden animal sculpture and a feature badger bench for children and visitors to enjoy.

Holland Haven Country Park, Holland on Sea

The country park is situated on the coast between Clacton and Frinton and is managed to conserve the landscape, coastal grazing marsh and wildlife quality of the area whilst providing for the quiet enjoyment of visitors. In addition to some interesting breeding birds in summer, the country park is an important point for Spring and Autumn migrants. The SSSI designation recognises the rare and varied flora.

Over 100 acres of unspoilt scenic coastline – ideal for bird watching. Open all year, bird watching hides, picnic facilities, pay and display car parking.

Recreation Ground Clacton area

Eastcliff Recreation Ground, Marine Parade East, Clacton on sea Happy Valley Pitch and Putt and Tennis Court area, Holland Road, Clacton on sea Old Road Playing Field, Old Road, Clacton on sea Rush Green Recreation Ground, Rush Green Road, Clacton on sea Vista Road Recreation Ground, Vista Road, Clacton on sea

Pickers Ditch Meadows, Great Clacton

This area includes a section of the Pickers Ditch tributary and was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 1992. The reserve represents a valuable green space in the Great Clacton area. Hedge planting along the border helps screen the site, whilst tree planting in the adjacent area provides a copse area surrounding the existing footpath.

Great Holland Pits

This area boasts a range of habitats, both old and new. The recolonised gravel works shows remnants of old woodland together with areas of heathy grassland and freshwater pools. The newly acquired water meadows alongside the meanders of Holland Brook provide a rich variety of species including Kingfishers and dragonflies. Adjacent is the 6 acre Twig woodland. (Essex Wildlife Trust)

Howlands Marsh (Essex Wildlife Trust), St Osyth

This area of coastal grazing marsh to the west of St Osyth Priory is dissected by reed and sedge filled dykes and fleets and is bordered by a fringe of saltmarsh outside of the seawall. The two observation hides offer views of the waders and wildfowl on the reserve and adjacent Flag Creek.

Soken Wood (Tendring Millennium Wood) Malting Lane, Lower Kirby

In order to celebrate the Millennium Tendring District Council in partnership with the Woodland Trust purchased ten acres of arable land at Lower Kirby. The site was planted with a wide range of native broad leaf trees and formed part of the National ‘Woods on your doorstep’ campaign. In all 8000 trees have been planted on site. Of special interest are the ‘prehistoric trees’ planted in an arboretum area. These include Dawn Redwood, Tulip tree, Monkey puzzle and Ginko. The wood enjoys spectacular views over Hamford Water NNR. Easy access via Maltings Lane – free car parking – open all year.

Weeley Hall Wood (Essex Wildlife Trust)

One of the finest surviving woods within Tendring. Covering an area of 32 hectares the wood comprises of oak with sweet chestnut coppice, Horn beam and areas of conifer. Specially noted for its diverse flora and spectacular Bluebell display in Spring. Parking by Weeley church.