Mill Park Reserve

Mill Park Reserve was established following a purchase by the Parish Council of an area of land adjacent to Willow Mill at the Murcott end of Long Buckby. Prior to this Daventry District Council had been using the land as a refuse tip. It had previously been used as a coal yard.

In the beginning the site only had a hedge on the Western side, a few shrubs and some rough grass. Since becoming a pocket park trees, bushes and hedgerows have been planted. Old willows by the stream at the North-eastern edge of the park have been pollarded. Two ponds have been established as well as a bog garden and stream-side observation platforms. Seats and picnic benches have been obtained and secured. The reserve contains a small butterfly garden, a human sun clock, a kingfisher bank, a wildflower meadow, and mini woodland comprised of trees commonly found in Northamptonshire. Broken crockery and glass can often be seen on the surface of the soil and remain signs of the site's former use.

There are regular sightings of kingfishers, slow worms, grass snakes, toads, frogs and smooth, palmate and great crested newts and a variety of bird life.

Working parties to manage the site take place once a month and most Thursday mornings and more often as jobs require and weather permits. Regular maintenance includes coppicing, removing excess elder, strimming, mowing footpaths, pruning, planting, and clearing the ponds and stream.

An educational field centre has recently been installed to provide shelter, wildlife resources and information for visitors. Current projects include extending the wild flower meadow, additional information lecterns and replacement/redesign of the stream walkway.

Park Facilities

Events
Nature Reserve
Nature Walks
Picnic Area
Pond
Visitor Centre
Wildlife
Wildflower Area
Woodlands
Green Flag Award
Community Winner
Managing Organisation
Mill Park Management Committee
Contact
Jayne Louise Bassett
Telephone
01327 843385