Welcome to Queen Elizabeth Park
Queen Elizabeth Park is a Country Park spread across roughly 25 acres – one of three very different parks within Grantham, that are connected by the River Witham. It is the most northerly of the three parks and stretches from Harrowby Mill in the north to Belton Lane in the south, with just over half a mile of riverside walk to wander along.
There are extensive woodland areas, a fishing lake, a small playground with a zip line, a commemorative Diamond Grove (planted to celebrate HM Diamond Jubilee in 2012) and a vast expanse of open space.
The park was named for Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, in honour of her 80th birthday in 1980. To mark the occasion 80 trees were planted by school children - and most of them have survived the last 40 years.
The park is a favourite with dog walkers, joggers and cyclists with Sustrans Route 15 running along the riverside path and continuing into Wyndham Park.
A Brief History
Queen Elizabeth Park
The area the park occupies was once privately owned grazing land. Known as Lords Meadow, it marked the boundary between the Parish of Little Gonerby cum Manthorpe and the Parish of Harrowby. The earliest mention of a mill in Harrowby is in the Domesday Book of 1086, when the whole manor was valued at ten shillings. The mill was demolished circa 1967.
South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) purchased the land in 1979 with the intention of creating a public park. The Fishing Pond was constructed in 1994 and is a member’s only fishing pond for the Grantham Angling Association (GAA). To contact the GAA please visit www.granthamaa.org.uk
Thanks to funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, during 2019/2020 the park’s old litter bins, benches and fishing platforms were replaced. Path improvement works took place, and new picnic benches and interpretation panels were introduced.
The Proposed Works
The works intended at QEP provides an ideal opportunity for the Blue Green Project to dove tail into current and intended works and projects already being undertaken in conjunction with SKDC, the Lincs River Trust, the Lincolnshire Wildlife trust and the Friends of QEP, whose input was invaluable in developing the concept for creation of two complimentary wetland systems.
These wetland systems will transform the low quality, grassed habitat into a more diverse, natural habitat with the ability to support aquatic species, birds and invertebrates.
These works will involve the creation of specific environments, such as groundwater fed pools, which allow particular floral species to flourish in, benefiting the native fauna in the area.
Imagery@2020 Bluesky, CNES/Airbus, Getmapping plc, Infoterra Ltd & Bluesky, Maxar Technologies, Map data @2020
Locations of the wetland systems in Queen Elizabeth Park
Additionally, the complimentary in-channel works proposed will help Biodiversity Action Plan species* like Brown Trout that benefit from increased marginal vegetation, which provides food and refuge opportunities as well as the addition of gravel for spawning.
As well as the huge ecological benefits, the rejuvenation of the area will provide aesthetic benefits and interesting leisure walks for the community.
*Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) species are species identified as the most
threatened and therefore having the highest need for conservation action under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP). To learn more about BAP species and the UK BAP visit https://jncc.gov.uk/our-work/uk-bap-priority-species/
As shown below within the total park area of 25 acres, a site of up to 2.4 acres has been identified that would be suitable to place a selection of wetland features within.
A concept design showing more detail is also below.
Volunteer Opportunities, Community Involvement and Events
SKDC and The Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park welcome new volunteers. If you have some spare time and would like to put something back into the local community, we want to hear from you. Throughout the year we will be running events and activities in the park.
The park’s dedicated website www.queenelizabethparkgrantham.co.uk provides further information.
Alternatively, please contact the Parks Community Engagement Officer on 01476 406033 / firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park please email email@example.com
This page will be updated regularly as the projects develop. For more information about wetland creation and their benefits click here.
Full details of the plans and the opportunity for public engagement will be available in 2021.