Uckfield is a classic country market town, still retaining some of its medieval past, with an attractive setting within rolling countryside along the River Uck, just south of the High Weald. It benefits from numerous open spaces. Luxford Field in the town centre was gifted to the town by a local farmer for the use of local residents which it remains and this is a very popular area in the summer. There is also the Victoria Pleasure Ground situated in Newtown, which was given to the Town by the Streitfield family who were notable residents in the Town. They gave it on a 999 year lease and have still a considerable time still to run, the grounds where opened by Queen Victoria in the mid 1800’s.
Other open spaces, including areas of importance to wildlife, include:
- West Park nature reserve – also includes a large open space used for sports
- Hempstead Meadows Nature reserve – formerly the site of the weekly cattle market and a twice yearly fair for pedlars
- Harland’s pond and play area
- Nightingale Wood
- Boothlands Wood – joined to the New Barn play area via the Victoria Pleasure Ground
- Bridge Farm Wood (running beside the old railway track)
- Millennium Green at Ridgewood
- a few smaller areas of green within the estates
(Uckfield Neighbourhood Plan Position Statement)
We have drafted policies for the environment, based on the comments you made at community engagement events events. These were presented at the 16th April 2016 policies event. Here, among other things, people said they wanted protection for green spaces.