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.
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 2013 has been a busy time for continued developments in the park complimented enormously with partnership working. With assistance from the park rangers and the Friends of Arnot Hill Park and funding secured by Nottinghamshire County Council Local Improvement Scheme there has been a brand new 'nature themed' mural painted on the bridge along nature trail.
There have been new tree sculptures added to the existing art pieces, including an Apple core situated close to the play area; a brand new bench installed on the nature trail and our regular volunteers from Boots have helped us develop a living willow sculpture in the sensory garden. Also, come and see our willow sculptures on the island in the lake. The new installations along the nature trail depict our rich coal mining and railway history. Coming soon, we'll be showcasing the art pieces by developing an arts trail around the park and producing an information leaflet so that visitors can locate and admire the artist's work.
We have installed an interpretation panel at the front entrance to the park providing visitors with historical information about the park and Arnot Hill House.
The skatepark has benefitted from improvements too this year with an extension of the 'skirt' around the bowls and surfacing repairs.
For further information about the park, please contact the 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 2013. 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 the 8th time during 2014. The Green Flag Award is a national award which recognises the best parks and green spaces in the country, and 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.
The Parks Department and The ‘Friends Of Arnot Hill Park’ would appreciate your opinions on your ‘Green Flag’ park and any suggestions of how it could be improved in the future. If you have a few minutes to spare we would be grateful if you could fill in our online parks questionnaire, a link to this can be found on the right hand side of this page under 'Useful Documents'. Thank You!