Sir Joseph Banks Country Park & Woods
There are lots of things to see and do in the woods and country park. You will find the FITNESS TRAIL which the NHS and the local council funded in Jenny's Wood. This helps to ensure that the people of Boston have amenities to help keep fit and healthy. There is also an ORIENTEERING COURSE which Boston and district Scout Association and Lincoln Orienteering club have set up. Follow the link for instructions.
Westgate Wood and Meadow has been selected as a Local Wildlife Site, being an area of particular value to wildlife, and Caddington Hedgehogs Care and Treatment Centre have released hedgehogs that they have nursed back to health into the woods. However there is concern that during the nesting period of March to July that ground nesting birds may be disturbed and so we ask you to keep dogs on leads at this time of year both in the meadow and the country park. PLEASE CLEAR UP AFTER YOUR DOGS AT ALL TIMES. This is something that we frequently get complaints about. Thank you for your cooperation with this.
Westgate Wood PE21 7JA
2015 WREN supported the widening and resurfacing of the woodland path.
2016 Transported Art sponsored the sculpture by James Sutton
This was the first area to be planted in 1999, covering an area of 23.5 acres. It lies between Five House Lane and Old Hammond Beck Road in Wyberton, where there are areas for parking off both roads. The trees are now well established with snowdrops, daffodils, bluebells and other woodland flowers adding to the natural beauty.
Near to original Westgate Wood bench is an area of “Memorial” trees planted on behalf of S.A.N.D.S. (Stillbirth and neonatal death society).
The wood is serviced by an all-weather path, with several seats along the way making it suitable for all users.
Here you will find the Seeds of Time sculpture. With funding and expertise provided by Transported, an Arts Council funded organisation that promotes art in the community, we commissioned the sculptor James Sutton to produce a sculpture to represent Sir Joseph Banks. Inspired by botanical drawings of Hakea seeds done during an expedition to Australia James created the Seeds of Time sculpture. This can be found at the end of the Stump View.
Jenny's Wood PE21 7LP
Located off West End Road, Jenny's Wood was planted in 2011. This land along with the flower meadow forms an eastern extension to the Sir Joseph Banks Country Park. There are two shallow ponds, several spinneys and an area of trees planted by the Kirton Scouts.
There is an all-weather path around the 27 acres along which are positioned a fitness trail suitable for fun or exercise for old and young. Here you will also find a community orchard which was planted as a legacy to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012, and a compass circle indicating the location of the meridian.
Many of the seats and picnic benches have been sponsored as have several of the spinneys and the Oak Avenue. There is also an area where pets ashes can be buried and a dedication plaque inlaid.
Sir Joseph Banks Country Park PE21 7JB
2017 Big Lottery Fund support for the Lime Avenue Path
The whole site is now known as The Sir Joseph Banks Country Park but the name specifically relates to the area next to Westgate Wood which was seeded with a wild flower mix, and planted with four spinneys, specimen trees and a lime tree avenue "framing" the Stump, with the Oak Wood following the boundary along Old Hammond Beck Road. The Owl Tower provides suitable nesting sites for owls, a kestrel, sparrows, swallows, birds and bats. It also provides seating and shelter for walkers. Nearby is another pond which has been fenced to protect the habitat from disturbance by dogs.
The Lime Avenue has been sponsored by the Lincolnshire Road Victims Memorial and they have installed an attractive Oak Shelter. Some spinneys and benches have already been sponsored in remembrance of loved ones and elsewhere there are a few disease resistant elm trees, donated by the Rotary Club, which we hope will aid the return of elms to the landscape.