Walkers learn history of Lily Hill ParkBy Julie Spencer
October 03, 2012
The history of Lily Hill Park was discovered by walkers who took a trip back in time on Heritage Weekend.
Steve Chown, manager of the Bracknell park, guided walkers and explained the history of the estate on Sunday, September 9.
Steve said: “We explored the history of Lily Hill Park which was a Victorian gentleman’s estate. We didn’t go into the house this year but we looked at the landscape.”
The house is now an office building, but the park is managed by Bracknell Forest Council and is open all year round.
Its historic parkland includes an original yew walk, orchard and Wellingtonia at Forester’s Hill.
There are stands of beech trees and oaks and rhododendrons in Starch Copse.
And in the formal garden area there is an Edwardian water garden, a pond and a sunken fence, as well as England’s longest picnic bench, carved from a single piece of wood.