Arnot Hill Park dates back to 1792 where it originated as a villa landscape to compliment the house built by John Hawksley, a Nottingham manufacturer and mill owner. Many changes have taken place since that time to both the house and the grounds.
In its time, the park has had a colourful range of uses and activities dating back to 1919 following the end of the First World War, when it was formally opened to the public as an open space for the people of Arnold. Over the years activities have included maypole dancing, tennis, bowls, fishing and a bandstand that lasted from the Coronation of 1937 to 1970. We now host several events in the park throughout the year including the Arnold Carnival, Gedling Play Day, Park Ranger Summer Holiday activities, Halloween event, all of which attract thousands of visitors to our Award winning park each year.
Opening and closing times vary during the year.
More recently, in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund, we have restored much of the park back to its former glory. Over the past few years we've undertaken lots of projects to rejuvenate and restore the park. This has included improvements to the lake, providing a new refreshment kiosk, the development of a skate park and a new play area, restoring the rose and sensory gardens, various planting schemes, reinstating the walls around the park, refurbishing the gatekeepers lodge and making improvements to the lighting as well as improving security through CCTV cameras.
In addition to the above 2014 has been a busy time for continued developments in the park complimented enormously with partnership working. Gedling Borough Council has been working with local groups and a variety of artists to create art work for Arnot Hill Park. The art work not only enhances the experience of visiting the park but has also provided exciting creative activities for those who've help to make the work, contibuting to the wellbeing of these individuals and that of the local community. You can find more information about the art work and the trail by visiting the webpage www.gedling.gov.uk/artstrail
There have been new tree sculptures added to the existing art pieces, including a totem pole in the play area which local school children designed; a new wildflower meadow created adjacent to Arnot Hill Road entrance; new and improved signage throughout the park and currently we are developing a new information leaflet about the park which should be completed early 2015.
For further information about the park's fatures and facilities and how you can get invovled with activities, please contact the Park Rangers on 0115 9013636.
There are many ornamental specimen trees around the park, which are promoted in our leaflet, available from all public access points around the park. All details can be found on the right hand side under documents.
The park offers an extensive range of facilities, including Kiosk and toilets, Sensory garden, Rose garden, Children's Play Area, Skatepark, CCTV Cameras, Lake, Bowling Green and Pavilion, Wildflower Area, Nature Trail, Car Parks, Tree Trail with Veteran Trees, Historic Building and much more. Please visit Gedling Borough Council's 'Whats On' Guide to see the events listed for Arnot Hill Park in 2014/2015. If you have any suggestions for parks events please feel free to contact us, our Park Rangers are always on hand to assist with any query in relation to the park, please contact them on 0115 9013636.
Arnot Hill Park has been awarded the Green Flag for its ninth consecutive year in 2015. The Green Flag Award is a national award which recognises the best parks and green spaces in the country.
It is a sign of an excellent, well managed and customer friendly park. We aim to continue to provide the public with a high quality park for years to come. See here for more details about the Green Flag Award and the judging criteria.
As well as this, part of the award reflects the active involvement of the local community. The Friends of Arnot Hill Park group voluntarily help to look after the park in numerous ways, from improving signage to helping with planting.
You can find out more about Friends of Arnot Hill Park here