Situated at the end of the High Street, Sandford Park is one of Cheltenham's lesser known treasures. The tiny River Chelt, which takes its name from the town, flows through Sandford Park. The park is characterised by ornamental water features and fountains. Annual bedding displays are set around Unwins Fountain, and clipped topiary features guard the entrances. It is well used by many as a pleasant route to work, a safe bike route for children and for quiet lunch breaks in the sun. The recreational side of the park, across College Road and adjacent to Sandford lido, is popular for picnics and games, and also has a large play area and toilets. The ornamental side of the park is divided into three sections. The main part houses a fountain with seating, landscaped beds, and stunning flower displays in the summer months.
A meandering path leads to the restful cascade pools and the River Chelt. The cascades are a popular training ground for ducklings in the springtime and if you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a local kingfisher! The Annecy Gardens, named after one of Cheltenham's twin towns, are to the north side of the park, and the Italian Gardens, complete with sunken pool and fountains, lie to the west.
The name Sandford is derived from the sandy soil and the old ford over the brook. Sandford is mentioned in the Domesday Book and was the site of Barretts Mill, the largest of the three mills on the banks of the River Chelt. Designed by the landscape architect Milner White, Sandford Park was acquired by the borough council in 1927. Since that date, a number of changes have been made, the most recent being the laying out of the Twinning Gardens. Features in the park include Unwins Fountain, an ornamental pond, rockery, Friendship Circle and bike path. The park is home to a range of bird life and is well known for its squirrels, many of which are quite tame.
- In town/city centre
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