Station Road Community Gardens

 

In 2007, Billingshurst Parish Council started discussing what to do with the former football field and cricket field in Station Road following the opening of the sports facilities at Jubilee Fields. A group of Councillors and volunteers have worked since then to create the very popular Station Road Gardens, and the Friends of Station Road Gardens (Billingshurst) Limited was created.

Original ideas included landscaping the perimeter, maintaining a green in the middle for families to play, youth shelter, hard path around the edge, park style railings, arch through to the football field and the banning of dogs. Many of these ideas have come to fruition for the benefit of all of the community. 

Following a close vote in the consultation, the Parish Council originally agreed to ban dogs from the Gardens, but subsequently overturned that decision after receiving considerable feedback from the community.

In November 2019, the Parish Council agreed to change the name of the site to Station Road Community Gardens.

 

Railings, a tree and a bench by a field

a basketball/football court with trees in the background

With the installation of the play equipment and more comments from members of the public, the Parish Council gave a grant to the Friends of Station Road Gardens to fence off the barked area around the play equipment to prevent dogs accessing the area.  This is in line with other open areas in the parish which have play areas with fencing around them.

train in a sand pit

climbing frame with a green slide

a basket swing by a wall

In Bloom Competitions

The site has obtained a Silver Gilt Award in South and South East In Bloom competitions for both 2017 and 2018 (pictured below)

2017 In Bloom Certificate

south and south east in bloom certificate 2018