Brickfields Country Park

Sunset on the park, click for a larger view

Situated off Boxalls Lane, in Aldershot, Hampshire, is probably one of the British Isles smallest and least known country parks. (Unless you know of one under 8 acres!)   Reclaimed from the remains of a Victorian brickworks and clay diggings, Brickfields Country Park is a peaceful, natural park, known only by local residents and a few in the know - and now you! . . . .

Brickfields Country Park is maintained by The Friends of Brickfields Country Park in conjunction with Rushmoor Borough Council, The Friends group were formed in 1992 by several local residents wanting to become involved in the upkeep and protection of their local wildlife amenity.  The group is now in their 26th year, and operates under license from Rushmoor Borough Council as part of the Parks Department, performing varied conservation tasks from rubbish clearing, path building, maintenance and publicity.  We are associated to Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership which links us to other conservation groups nation-wide for training, help and advice.

We welcome involvement from anyone, as members of the group or occasional volunteers.  Work parties are held in the park on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 1:30pm onwards (12:30 in the winter) unless it is bucketing down! see the Dates page for the latest work schedules and list of events.  No special skills are needed, just some strong footwear and a bit of enthusiasm!, we provide the tasks, tools, tea and biscuits.

Our 2019 Funday will be on Sunday the 7th of July.  Further details will be on our Dates page next year.

Latest news -
December 2018 - New article   New fungi species discovered in Brickfields Park - Pink Bubble Fungus - Capitulum plasticus ssp. rosaea, data page here.
August 2018-Once started the pond refurbishment work progressed very quickly and was completed in two weeks.  A series of pages linked from our main photo Gallery can be found - here.  Currently they are sectioned into before  -  tree felling and Dredging.  A section to show the completed works will follow once we have had some rain.
July 2018-With the pond refurbishment starting at the end of the month we have taken the opportunity to update the gallery page for 1985 with some contrasting pictures from 2018.  See the link entitled "Post Construction" - here
July 2018-Important news about our pond refurbishment which starts soon is here
July 2018 -This years Funday on the 1st of July was again well attended in spite of the very hot weather with large crowds who came along and helped us to celebrate one of Aldershot's little known wildlife gems, and to see the work of the Brickfields volunteers and other local organisations.  We had wildlife and environmental stalls and displays, farm animals, hot and cold refreshments, games, quizzes, competitions, cuddly toy tombola, cake stall and our own brand "Brickfields Park" jams, always a very popular item.  Coffee and tea from our refreshments are all "Fair Trade" products.
 -We must also thank everyone who helped to make our Funday another great event in the local community - the public and visitors, our stallholders and volunteers and our sponsors Brandon Tool Hire, Aldershot (website) and Rushmoor Borough Council (website).  Once again many, many thanks.
June 2018 -We have now recorded 543 species in Brickfields Park!.  Many years ago we were told that we - might - find 300 species in Brickfields Country Park, but we thought we had much more than that, and so with many long hours of research, crawling around in the grass taking photos, identifying finds and pouring over lists compiled by other researchers we have so far identified 543 species of flora and fauna with another 37 species to research and confirm.  See the Plantlife, Wildlife and Sitemap pages for the current lists.

Our Search page with its new core has made it easier to find that odd bit of information you are looking for in the 1400+ pages we currently have.  Information on - our history - related links - future dates - photos and descriptions of the 543 species of fauna and flora that have been found in the park, including a gallery of over 2100 photos and videos of plants - flowers - animals - trees - views - park events and more from Brickfields Country Park.  Contact Mike, if you find a any problems.

The Plantlife and Wildlife pages are continually expanding, with each species found in the park having a picture and short description, (the bird entries also have sounds).  Meanwhile the Species photos continues its growth, and with more new photos being added all the time, and a small backlog to process, we ask you please bear with us.  (All are copyrighted so contact us if you would like to use them.)

Please roam around our website, you will find links to similar organisations as ourselves, along with their E-mail addresses, contact names and some handy phone numbers and web urls.  There is a description of the park, its long and involved history, how to find it and forthcoming dates for volunteer group The Friends of Brickfields Park.  Please feel free to e-mail any comments and suggestions for our site.

Rushmoor Borough Council have published several walks around the Borough, three of which include Brickfields Country Park.  We have saved them on our website and they can be downloaded from the following links, we hope you enjoy them - especially Brickfields Park of course! -

The three "walks" documents above are ©2004 Rushmoor Borough Council.  They are Adobe pdf documents, to get a free pdf reader download Adobe reader here.

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