Melford Country Park is a 8.13 hectare site of grassland, deciduous woodland and flooded former gravel workings in Suffolk. Gravel from the site was used to construct local airfields in the Second World War but it became derelict until the former West Suffolk County Council established a picnic site in 1967. Now-a-days Melford Country Park is used for informal recreation, such as walking, fishing and observing wildlife.


The river Stour forms the western and southern boundary to the park and the riverbank is lined with mature White Popular. The former gravel pits are flooded and there is a wooden footbridge across them linking the areas of deciduous woodland. Many of the willows around the southern pond blew down in the storm of 1987 and this state remains as a habitat for nature. The ponds are rich in aquatic insect life, dragonflies and damselflies, Roach, Bream, Tench and Pike, and provide breeding sites for Coot, Little Grebe, Moorhen and Mute Swan. Kingfishers are regularly seen as are otters. There are two areas of grassland, with the southern area allowed to grow naturally, crossed by mown paths.


The park has a car park, toilets, plenty of picnic tables and benches. It is maintained by volunteers from Long Melford Open Spaces.

MELFORD COUNTRY PARK

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