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Hailsham Country Park, owned and maintained by the Town Council, covers approximately 22 acres and incorporates woodland, an open field area, wildflower meadow, two ponds and a lake.
A water course skirts the open field area and all-weather footpaths can be found throughout the park to encourage people of all ages to enjoy this precious open space area.
Fishing is permitted on season at the Country Park Lake (off Gleneagles Drive) and Hempstead Pond (adjacent to Tilehurst Wood). Both fishing areas are well-stocked with fish including carp, bream, roach, rudd, tench, perch and the odd pike. Daily fishing permits can be obtained from MFC supplies in Station Road and yearly season tickets are available at the Town Council Offices. Please contact Karen Moralee on 01323 841702 (during office hours) for all fishing permit enquiries.
The various woodland sites have a very good selection of tree species including birch, oak, ash, maple and wild cherry. Wildlife residing in the area includes voles, mice, lizards and weasels.
The wildflower meadow, situated behind the lake car park off Gleneagles Drive (by Troon Cottages), is currently being re-established by Hailsham In Bloom in conjunction with Wakehurst Place (Kew), after gaining approval from local residents. Wildflower meadows are becoming an increasingly rare sight nowadays, and their creation, restoration and maintenance plays an important role in increasing biodiversity by supplying a rich habitat for wildlife, including insects and birds.
Access and parking
There are two car parks on the boundaries of the Hailsham Country Park (situated off Holyhead Close and Gleneagles Drive).
Staffing and monitoring of site
The Town Council employs a part-time Water Bailiff who monitors the site, checks fishing licences for anglers on-site and reports problems or concerns about the area to the Town Council.
Maps and information
Copies of the Hailsham Country Park official map are available to members of the public free of charge at the Town Council Offices, Inglenook, Market Street.