Betteshanger Park, Deal
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Betteshanger Country Park is near Deal, in Kent, England.HistoryThis 365acre park is situated on the site of a former spoil tip of the former Betteshanger Colliery, one of the largest collieries in Kent. The colliery opened in 1924–30 and closed in 1989. The spoil tip was located to the north east of the former colliery. The original area (before the spoil tip) was known as Foulmead Marsh and the community (with help from Dover District Council) chose the name of the new park to be Fowlmead (Fowl – "bird", Mead - "meadow"). In May 2015, it was announced that the Hadlow Group had acquired Fowlmead and would be rebranding the park as Betteshanger Country Park, as part of the wider Betteshanger Sustainable Parks regeneration program.Fowlmead Country Park and Nature Reserve was initially developed under the management of the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) with £18.8 million funding from English Partnerships, as part of the National Coalfields Programme(NCP). It was opened in May 2007 by Sir David Bellamy, in association with Sport England.The existing visitor centre was part-funded by SEEDA and Sport England. The surface material of the entire park (shale from the colliery) was mixed with recycled green waste and fertiliser to create a rich topsoil and 130,000 shrubs and trees were planted.Before you head to Deal, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Deal holiday planner, to make sure you see all that Deal has to offer, including Betteshanger Park.
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Great morning. Easy to find and park. You pay for parking on the way out at the machines by the cafe. Hired bikes (helmets included) and stuck to the tarmac trail. Went round twice in an hour with a s... read more »
I was persuaded to visit the park whilst visiting Deal and first time I've been there. Huge amount of building work going on and no barrier at entrance or signage that I could see about parking. I did... read more »
Our daughter can now ride a bike without falling off and most of the time can stop without needing to crash into a hedge. We were ready to move off the park grass and onto tarmac. We live in the count... read more »
I love this place, formerly fowlmead. It's got something for everyone; walkers, cyclists, kids, fossil hunters, dog walkers and sloe gin makers! Hire a bike or take your dog and visit the many routes through the woodland and count the fish in the ponds. Have a picnic or stop in at the fab cafe, dogs can go in too. Shower yourself and your bike/fog before you return home. Membership is 11p per day, a great value if you're a frequent visitor.
Stunning Walks, Bike Hire, Cycle Routes, Archery to name but a few things to do
Brilliant place to reunite me and a bike and a one to one ladies session - brilliant
Fantastic place to take your bike round. Kids loved it.
Lovely place a good walk and lovely wildlife
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