Yeovil Country Park

Overview

 

 

 

 

Yeovil Country Park takes you on a journey around woodlands and waterfalls following the River Yeo to meadow pastures and far reaching views to the wider countryside.

The park has five main areas all of which have very different characteristics and land features. The landscape varies from Ninesprings which is the most heavily used and accessible section with its network of footpaths and waterways to the Riverside walk which gives the feeling of being away from the hustle and bustle of town as you stroll through woodland following the path of the River Yeo.

 

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If you have enjoyed a visit to Yeovil Country Park and would like to contribute to help look after the special wildlife that call it home, please use the donate button to give a donation of your choosing. Your contribution will go towards projects such as improving the river habitats for water voles, tree planting and restoration of the historic Valley Gardens in Ninesprings.

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Features

  • Parking On-Site Parking On-Site
  • Cafe/ Restaurant Cafe/ Restaurant
  • Family friendly Family friendly
  • Dogs Welcome Dogs Welcome
  • Toilets Toilets
  • WiFi WiFi
  • Free Entry Free Entry
  • Open All Year Open All Year
  • Picnic Area Picnic Area
  • Partial Disabled Access Partial Disabled Access
  • Play Park Play Park
  • Biodiversity diversity Biodiversity diversity

Contact Details

Yeovil Country Park, Ninesprings Cafe, Brunswick Street, Yeovil, Somerset, United Kingdom, BA20 1QZ

Free Entry - Car parking charges may apply

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All you need to know to enjoy your visit

Visitor Information

Leaflets, Maps & Information

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Explore Yeovil Country Park

Discover Yeovil Country Park and all it has to offer.

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Yeovil Country Park Easy Access Trail

Accessibility Trail for Yeovil Country Park, Ninesprings

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Wonderful Wildlife at Yeovil Country Park

Follow the markers around the country park to find the best places for spotting wildlife.

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Ranger Rik

A children's nature trail around Ninesprings

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30 things to do

Explore the countryside with this handy guide of 30 family friendly outdoor activities to try

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Art in the Park

Discover the fascinating sculptures and artwork installations around Yeovil Country Park

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Journey through time

A trail taking you back in time to discover the history behind Yeovil Country Park

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Take a look at our Projects

Projects

        Dodham Brook Restoration Project

This project is a partnership between the Countryside Team at Yeovil Country Park and the Yeovil Rivers Community Trust, funded by the Green Recovery Challenge Fund.  The project aims are to rehabilitate and enhance the Dodham Brook within Yeovil Country Park and the concrete flood alleviation channel between the weir and Newton Road to revitalise the brook and maintain the improvements in the long-term. It is hoped that the proposed measures will transform the watercourse from its current neglected and uninviting condition into a high quality urban green space which is attractive to people and wildlife.

 

Dodham Brook is an urban stream which is designated by the Environment Agency as a Heavily Modified Water Body (HMWB). This is the only waterbody in Somerset where conditions for fish are classified as bad. The stream should have a high amenity value due to its location within a country park.

 

Our objectives as part of this project are to achieve improved standards for water quality, wildlife and the environment generally in this section of the catchment by implementing actions which will promote the restoration of natural river processes, improve connectivity for fish and other animals, provide diversified habitats and enhance the number and abundance of different animals and plants. When combined it is hoped that these actions will provide improvements for wildlife, people and the town of Yeovil.

 

You can find out more by visiting the YRCT website below

 

Dodham Brook Project 

 

Some photos of the project so far below and an artists impression drawn by Izzi da Silva of how the features will look at the end.

 

                                                   

 

 

                            

 

 

 

   Penn Hill Wildlife Garden 

 

The ranger team are working with the Friends of Yeovil Country Park to restore the Community Wildlife Garden on Penn Hill.

 

During the covid pandemic, volunteering activity ceased at the country park, which meant that many jobs around the park were not able to be completed by the two rangers as work had to be prioritised. Unfortunately, the community wildlife garden has fallen into a state of disrepair.

 

The rangers are working with the Friends to improve biodiversity in this area as species such as dock, nettle and creeping buttercup are dominant. The Friends of Yeovil Country Park have been granted £700 of funding from the Wessex Water Foundation to improve the biodiversity through planting wildflowers (particularly focusing on nocturnal pollinators) repairing and restoring the pond and creating habitat piles and hibernaculums.  

 

 

Check out to see if you can help

Volunteering

There are plenty of ways to get involved at Yeovil Country Park. Opportunities for volunteering include practical habitat management and park maintenance, species surveying, litter picking and fundraising at our community events. Our volunteers join us for all sorts of reasons: to keep fit, to learn about wildlife, for the social element, to do their bit for the local community, to look after a place they enjoy and love and to have fun.

 

Practical conservation volunteers

 

At Yeovil Country Park the Countryside Rangers lead two regular practical volunteering sessions a week.

 

Monday 1pm to 3pm; A Ranger led volunteer session focussed on carrying out lighter practical tasks such as litter picking, shrub and flower border upkeep and footpath maintenance.

 

Thursday 10am to 3pm; A Ranger led volunteer session which involves harder physical practical tasks such as fencing, woodland management, scrub management, tree planting, hedge laying and much more.

 

You do not need to have any experience to join in, just a willingness to get involved and a passion for nature.  The volunteer tasks are physical in nature so you will need to have a fairly good level of fitness.

 

UPDATE 12th January 2022

Unfortunately there are no vacancies within the volunteer team at this time.

Please check back for updates

 

Find out more about group visits

Groups

The Community Heritage Officer can cater for private families, community groups or deliver curriculum based educational sessions at Yeovil Country Park.  For more information please contact Edd Chilcott on 07458 074843 or click on the link below to send Edd an email

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External Organisations

If you are an external organisation that wishes to host your event at Yeovil Country Park please contact us.

There may be a charge to host your event, but all charitable events are free. We will need to see a copy of your risk assessment, public liability insurance and an application form must be completed to hold an event at Yeovil Country Park.

 

Application Form to hold an event

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