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Vivary Park, Taunton

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Vivary Park is a public open space in Taunton, Somerset, England.The Sherford Stream, a tributary of the River Tone, flows through the 7.5ha park, which is located near the centre of the town. It contains two main wide open spaces, as well as a war memorial dating from 1922, a miniature golf course, tennis courts, two children's playgrounds, a model railway track which was added in 1979, and an 18-hole, 4620yd, par-63 golf course. The park includes trees, rose beds and herbaceous borders, with around 56,000 spring and summer bedding plants being used each year. The rose garden includes the Royal National Rose Society Provincial Trial Ground.The park is a garden of the European Garden Heritage Network.HistoryThe park stands on land that was formerly a medieval fish farm, or vivarium, for Taunton Priory and Taunton Castle. Although nothing remains above ground of these lakes, they are the origin of the name Vivary. Entries in pipe rolls of the 13th and 14th centuries show that bream, pike, and eels were supplied from the vivarium to the Castle and sometimes to the royal household. These sources identify two ponds, the magnum vivarium, or great pond, which probably occupied the low-lying area of the present-day golf-course, and the parvum vivarium or little pond, within what is now the park proper. When a trench for a new sewer was cut through the park and its golf course during the 1970s, archaeologists were able to identify the deposits of silt left behind by the medieval fish ponds.
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  • Wonderful open space for walking, sitting, relaxing, enjoying the flower borders, the childrens play areas, the river and the ducks near the centre of town but away from the hustle and bustle. Plenty ...  more »
  • Fab park, great for little ones to cycle. Two play areas with good equipment and really close to town centre. 
  • Unlike many town park areas suffering from local authority funding cutbacks, this particular one is well maintained throughout - nice gardens, well mown grass picnic areas, largely free of litter and ...  more »
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  • Toilets could be cleaner. Otherwise great park. Beautiful flowers and a fountain. Lots of space to run around on the grass. Relatively clean, although there was a lot of cigarette ends left after the flower show. I'm sure they'll be gone soon though. Great climbing frames/swings etc for all ages. Free parking on sunday. Close to town. Model railway. Sand and water park is great for the little ones - although they really need some drainage. All in all, top day out with young uns.
  • Great well kept area. Lots to do especially with kids. Good for pokemon go.
  • Beautiful open space. Great for relaxing all year round.
  • Beautiful, well-tended park linking the countryside to the south to the town centre.
  • Toilets don't match the rest of the place. The rest is beautiful. Kids play area brilliant.