The Picnic District 6: Sweyne Park

Sweyne Park, in the west of Rayleigh , used to be part of some farmland owned by the Ministry of Agriculture. The only open space that the District Council had in the area was a small open space at the end of Deepdene Avenue, where you could pick blackberries.
A land swap was agreed in the 1980s that transferred the small open space over to the Ministry, who then sold the open space plus some of its farmland to a developer. The developer then built Downhall Park Way and the roads off it, as part of the council’s local plan. The remainder of the farmland was transferred to the council and became Sweyne Park.It’s a lovely place.

There's some play equipment for children, near the car park...
There’s some play equipment for children, near the car park…
... with some picnic benches nearby...
… with some picnic benches nearby…
The park is maintained as a wild flower meadow. On summer evenings you can be almost alone there...
The park is maintained as a wild flower meadow. On summer evenings you can be almost alone there…
The lake is one of the most attractive features.
The lake is one of the most attractive features.
The park was landscaped to turn the previously flat farmland into something mofre undulating. Islands of trees provide refuges for wildlife
The park was landscaped to turn the previously flat farmland into something more undulating. Islands of trees provide refuges for wildlife