Spiceball Country Park
The park was laid out over 25 years ago with part of it covering the site of a former domestic refuse tip. It was created to provide an informal country park giving local people access to an area of open countryside from the very centre of the town. The Oxford Canal to the west of the park and the River Cherwell to the east provide two attractive water features with a tow path and riverside walks. The park was then extended with two large fields to the west and east of the River Cherwell and a small car park at its northern end off Water Works Lane, which also created a link to a walk around Grimsbury Reservoir north of Hennef Way.
The field at the southern end of the park was designed for informal sports and recreation with a large area of amenity parkland, a picnic area, children’s play area and two large wheeled sports facilities. This main field and the middle field are also used for community events such as the Banbury and District Show. The top field and the two fields to the east of the river are rather different in character, with a greater emphasis on management for wildlife, wild flower meadows, community woodland and several areas of native trees and shrubs.
The park has provided an excellent resource for local people with areas for active play and opportunities for leisurely strolls in a more relaxed rural setting and for those more active there are fitness stations along the canal side of the park.
Come and explore Spiceball Park, one of the Wild Banbury Project Sites. Find out about plans to encourage wildlife here and, if you wish, try your hand at practical conservation volunteering in the afternoon.
The Town Council is looking to develop a management for the park and therefore we would like you to send in your views of the park and what you would like to see there. Please send all comments to the Town Hall, Bridge Street, Banbury OX16 5QB or email email@example.com.