Parks & Open Spaces 
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Honiton has a number of beautiful green spaces for you to enjoy all of which were registered as BBC Breathing Places

The Glen

Millennium Green
picture courtesy of Millennium Green Trust

 Roundball Wood

The Glen
Millennium Green

 

The Glen
The Glen, along the banks of the Glen Stream which flows into the River Gissage, is only 600m or about 5 minutes walk from the town centre. Signs show the location from various parts of the town.

The Glen has many notable heritage features which can be seen on postcards from a hundred years ago depicting the Higher Glen. These cards of of especial value as visual aids to restoring the various paths, waterfalls and cascades which can still be seen in The Glen today. In 2007 the Town Council formed The Friends of The Glen with the aim of regenerating this open space and working parties have been clearing the grossly overgrown laurels, letting light into the valley for the first time in many years.

The work of maintaining and caring for The Glen is being continued by the Honiton Glen Conservation Group which was formed in July 2013.  The Group can be contacted by email on friendsoftheglen@aol.com.  Further details are available on the Group's website at www.e-voice.org.uk/friendsoftheglen.

The Glen is associated with one of Honiton's leading families, the Ashleys of Pine Park House on Parsonage Lane. The lane separated the Pine Park Estate from the grounds of a former Honiton rectory. This rectory had a formidable water garden which led on to the Higher Glen's cascades, weirs and rustic bridges. The Higher Glen has steep sided banks and is at present inaccessible. A centuries-old leat in the Lower Glen provided water for the town centre until the 1970s.

The Lower Glen was opened to the public in 1937 commemorating the coronation of King George VI. Trees were planted by local school children to mark the occasion and several still stand today. Additional pieces of land have been qcquired and a large open sloping site on the south west side is a welcome addition. The leat which fed the town gully from New Street to Dowell Street terminates here and the water diverted into the main stream which then goes underground.

The Glen is a haven for wildlife and all are welcome to come and enjoy this unique green space in the centre of the town.  >>More information 

Lottery Funded

Honiton Council greatly appreciates the Lottery Funding they have received to enable them to enhance public enjoyment within the Parish including work at The Glen open space and for IT equipment for use at meetings to improve attendees involvement. 


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 The Millennium Green 
Millennium Green News 1. Autumn 2010 2. Spring 2011 3. Summer 2011 4. Autumn 2011 5. Spring 2012

The Millennium Green is part of the open recreational space adjacent to the Higher Glen and has served to help protect the area from development.The Green hosts many events including band concerts. Created as part of the Millennium Greens Breathing Spaces programme,it is managed by the Millennium Green Trust on behalf of the Town Council.

The Millennium Green, part of Honiton - the Town in the Country, consists of parkland with adjoining wildlife habitats in the valley of the Glen Stream, protected from development, running from close to the town centre to the boundary of the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A Millennium Green was chosen by Honiton organisations to commemorate the Millennium and Honiton's application was one of more than 250 accepted by The Millennium Commission. The Honiton Millennium Green has been developed from a field of approximately two acres (named The Josephine Wagstaff Meadow) and is held on trust for the People of Honiton by The Honiton Millennium Green Trust for quiet relaxation and exercise, as well as providing space for wildlife. Part of the Green has a park-like atmosphere with short grass, seats and a surfaced path, while the remainder has lower intervention maintenance to provide varied habitats for wildlife. A quite wide range of native mainly decidous trees and shrubs, none of which were previously in the field, is to be found in varying densities with areas of grassland for wildflowers too.

Address: Honiton Millennium Green, Parsonage Lane, Off Pine Park Road, Honiton. OS Grid ref: ST169002

Further information: Vehicular access is via the single track Parsonage Lane from Pine Park Road and there is only very limited space for car parking.There are surfaced pedestrian routes from much of Honiton; such as from the Pine Park Road railway bridge via The Glen public open space and also via Lake Close. There are signposts at Church Hill and at the Pine Park Road and the Station bridges. The footpath from opposite the Station is particularly steep and a route via Avenue Mezidon-Canon involves flights of steps. Another flight of Steps, from Waterleat Avenue, can be be bypassed by continuing over The Glen Bridge and walking through Lake Close to Parsonage Lane. Anyone deterred by the Green's uphill location from the town centre could travel by bus to Waterleat Avenue and then walk back via the Green and the Glen.


Footpaths
Honiton is fortunate to have a good network of footpaths and lanes which allow pedestrian access to many parts of the town and surrounding area. Look out for the green footpath signs or yellow rights of way signs.

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Roundball Wood 

Roundball Wood is situated on the northern slope of Roundball Hill and has a magnificent view over Honiton, the Otter Valley and the Blackdown Hills. The wood is managed by the Town Council as a community woodland and nature reserve. The wood is centuries old and although in its long history it has been used for grazing cattle its boundaries have not changed. As a result the wood is in its natural state described as semi-ancient woodland.

The wood is managed by a small group of voluntary wardens with the support of Honiton Town Council. 

The Roundball Wood Wardens produce a regular blog on whats happening at Roundball.                            

The Blog can be viewed HERE.

 

More information on Roundball Wood can be found below.

General Leaflet on Roundball Wood Here   
A walk around Roundball Wood Here
Factsheet No 1 Mammals at Roundball Here
Factsheet No 2 Insects at Roundball Here
Factsheet No 3 Bats at Roundball Here
Factsheet No 4 Species Evidence at Roundball Here


Here are some useful links:

East Devon District Council Countryside Services

Devon Wildlife Trust

Offwell Woodland & Wildlife Trust

Blackdown Hills AONB

East Devon AONB

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