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Highfields Park

Often confused with the University Park because of its close proximity to Nottingham University Campus. This 121 acre park is well endowed with magnificent trees, exotic plantings and water features. It also includes on site activities, boat hire, bowling, croquet, putting, new children's play area and a variety of events at the Lakeside Arts Centre.

Where is The park

University Boulevard

Site FacilitiesHighfields Cascade

£4.64m Restoration Project

Nottingham City Council has now received a Stage 2 pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund for its plans to restore and improve the historic Highfields Park.

The £4.64m project aims to fully restore the Park, build upon its heritage and create a community facility for the 21st century and has been awarded a grant of £3.2m from the Lottery.

The restoration project will involve the refurbishment and repair of historic buildings on the site including the pavilions and ticket office, de-silting the lake, creating a new adventure golf, planting and tree work, and improvements to footpaths and entrances. A Park Ranger for the site is already in post and will lead on the 5 year plan of activities to take place on site. Works will start summer 2015.

Park History

The core of the existing Highfields Park originates from the landscaping carried out by Joseph Lowe and his son People Enjoying the Lakeside View at Highfields Alfred in the late 18th and early 19th century.

In 1920 the Highfields Estate was purchased by the founder of Boots and Co Ltd, Sir Jesse Boot, who conveyed the site for the foundation of the East Midlands University, now known as the University of Nottingham. The comprehensive plan, largely funded by Sir Jesse Boot, for the University Campus included a new road system and parkland setting to the south adding to the landscaping already created by Joseph and Alfred Lowe.

Since 1921 Highfields Park has remained the home of The University of Nottingham with the original Highfields House being absorbed into the campus as a staff annexe. The new park was designed by the architect Percy Richard Morley Horder to form a setting for the Trent Building which he designed and built between 1922 - 1928. As a result, Highfields Park has a strong architectural emphasis in both its structural layout and the quality of the buildings.

A major element of the park design was the extension of the original 'fish pond' to form the existing Boating Lake, completed by Nottingham engineer WH Radford. The area around the original rock outcrop was left virtually untouched along with most of the pond, apart from the construction of some stone retaining walls around the water's edge. Tottle Brook was diverted to by-pass the Boating Lake and leave the Park via a culvert under the Boulevard.

Site Management

Owned by Highfields Leisure Park Trust in Nottingham, Highfields Park is a charitable trust of which Nottingham City Council is a sole Trustee.

Nottingham Model Boat Club

Nottingham Model Boat Club Logo Nottingham Model Boat Club was formed in 1931 and was then known as the Nottingham Model Yacht Club. The Club sails at Highfields every Sunday morning from 09:15 until noon, and at Colwick on Sunday mornings. Often members can also be seen sailing during the week.

For further information please visit the website which gives details on membership, sailing locations and more.

Nottingham Croquet Club

Nottingham Croquet Club The Nottingham Croquet Club first played in Highfields Park in 1929 on lawns between the boating lake and University Boulevard, screened from the road by the rhododendrons. Croquet is a game of skill played on grass with mallets, balls and hoops, on equal terms by women and men of all ages.

The club is the major centre for croquet in the East Midlands, with a membership ranging from this year's beginners to top international players. New members are welcome, with a learn-to-play course starting towards the end of May each year. Please see the for further information.

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