South Park, Maidstone 3018

Maidstone, England, Kent, Maidstone

Brief Description

South Park is a neighbourhood park devolved from meadowland designed by Bunyards of Maidstone in 1929. Features include tennis courts, bowling and putting greens, football and hockey pitches, a pond and a tree belt. In 2007 the tennis courts were refurbished and restored.

Visitor Facilities

This is a municipal site for general public use. Pleas see: http://www.digitalmaidstone.co.uk/Default.aspx?page=615

Detailed Description

Tennis courts, bowling and putting greens and their pavilions are incorporated into a garden setting.

The peripheral belt of trees shelters many flowering trees and shrubs. A fine specimen Catalpa bignonoides (Indian bean tree), the rose garden and the avenue of rambler roses are in flower in July. The ornamental urn in the lily pond (which may have come from Preston Hall) is a copy of a Roman urn in the Vatican Museum.

The ground south of Armstrong Road was bought and donated to Maidstone for sports pitches in order to restrict the spread of quarrying.

Features
  • Specimen Tree
  • Description: Catalpa bignonoides (Indian bean tree).
  • Planting
  • Description: There is an avenue of rambler roses.
  • Urn
  • Description: The ornamental urn in the lily pond (which may have come from Preston Hall) is a copy of a Roman urn in the Vatican Museum.
Pond, Tree Belt, Bowling Green, Pavilion, Rose Garden
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

This is a municipal site for general public use. Pleas see: http://www.digitalmaidstone.co.uk/Default.aspx?page=615
History

Detailed History

South Park Recreation Ground is a pleasant neighbourhood park developed from meadowland and designed by Bunyards of Maidstone in 1929.

Period

  • Early 20th Century (1901-1932)
References

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