The car park is closed

But SCP is still open.

A message from the Countryside Team:

Is the park open? Yes, I would think it still can be open but access will be on foot and people will need to walk to it from their home address and once there, would need to apply the social distance of two meters. They shouldn’t be meeting up with people from outside their own place of residence and should be taking only one walk a day.
If everybody sticks to the guidelines, then I see no reason why Southwick Country Park has to be closed at present. Obviously if the government advice changes then we will need to take what ever action they recommend.

Go safely and look after yourselves.


There are traffic cones across the entrance to the main car park. Neither the Friends nor their Countryside Officer know who put them there or if they mean that the park is closed. We are making enquiries and will keep you informed. In the meantime, let’s assume that the park is closed.

Rabbit warren

There are two rabbit warrens in the park: one at the far end of Sleepers and one in the thick bramble hedge that runs alongside the central path from Fiveways to Puddle Corner.

Here is a fascinating video, narrated by Chris Packham, about a rabbit warren.


Dawn in the park.

A beautiful photograph taken yesterday morning by Chris Jordan Seymour.

If you have pictures of the park, particularly quarantine pictures, send them in and we will post them in a gallery.

A walk in the Park

by Ian Bushell

I took my permitted exercise at the park over lunchtime. There were just eight cars when I arrived at noon and only fifteen when I left an hour later.  People were well spaced all around the park; everybody seems to be taking the new regulations seriously.

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A gallery of blue tits.

A blue tit feeding in an oak tree, photographed last March by DKG

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