Set up in 1989 by local residents who were concerned about the lack of investment in Oakley Park, the Friends’ objectives are to work towards maintaining and improving Oakley Park for the benefit of the local community and to promote the preservation of the woodlands as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation [SINC]. [more]
Oakley Park is situated in Fleet, just a few minutes’ walk from the high street and station. The Park covers five acres and consists of two distinct areas: a two-acre open space with leisure facilities, pathways, a football pitch and refreshment area; and three acres of woodland nature reserve and pond. [more]
Over time, we have planted thousands of bulbs, enlarged the pond, and added an orienteering course, a pavilion garden, five picnic benches and interpretation boards. The children’s play facilities have been improved and are now in a secure gated area. A number of added attractions are the basketball ring, climbing boulder, a tyre swing and a flymobile.
Membership is open to everyone. The membership fees, donations and sponsorship monies are only used to maintain and improve the park. By joining us either as a member or volunteer you become involved with a community who are passionate about our environment and Oakley Park. [join]
Each year we run a number of events. Our programme has expanded over the years and typically includes a children’s fun run, Easter egg hunt, summer fete, carols at Christmas, bush craft skills and more. Behind the scenes we regularly do routine maintenance and clearing of the undergrowth.
A defibrillator is now available in the Park, fitted to the outside of the pavilion. To ensure it is accessible the access code is provided on the box. The defibrillator will talk you through what to do and will not shock a someone who does not need it. Many thanks to Fleet and Church Crookham Community Responders, Friends of Oakley Park, Fleet Town Council, WC Baker & Son, Fleet Hospital and Community Friends for their support and contributions.
Friends of Oakley Park and Southern Navigators Club have worked together to put in place a permanent orienteering course in Oakley Park. This was funded by a grant from Hampshire County Council. Orienteering is a sport where competitors of all ages and abilities navigate their way, at their own pace, between features marked on a special map. The course is particularly suitable for families or anyone who would like to learn more about navigating your way around. Everyone should try out this exciting sport during their leisure time. It’s fun, not too difficult and makes for an interesting few hours to enjoy some leisure time in the park.
For legal reasons we cannot put a map directly on to the website. If you would like a copy of the map and instructions then please email [Oakleypark - Orienteering] and the information will be automatically be sent to you. Please be patient if this takes a few minutes. If you have any feedback or problems then please send an email to [oakleypark] and we will contact you as soon as we can. We hope you enjoy this exciting facility in the park.
The park is 5 minutes’ walk from the high street and 15 minutes’ walk from the station. If visiting by car, there is adequate parking around the park. Please park sensibly so as not to cause obstruction to local residents.
The tree interpretation board is designed to raise awareness amongst users of the park of the considerable variety of trees in this valuable Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC). The board is located near the swings in the open area of the park and includes images of eighteen trees and their leaves along with tree names. We hope individuals and groups will enjoy trying to track down all the trees listed. In particular we hope youth groups will be able to make use of the materials for quizzes and games.
The pond interpretation board contains information about the different species that can be found in and around this valuable amenity and about the ecological importance of the pond. The board was funded by grants from the Fleet Lions, Waitrose and a contribution from the Friends of Oakley Park. Designed to be informative and child friendly, it’s an interesting way to find out about nature. Find out more about the pond life. [here]
This year was even bigger and better with a BBQ, Coconut shy, Hook a duck, Nerf gun game, a bouncy castle, yoga sessions, a recorder ensemble, a dance troop, sports races and a dog show. A fantastic day was had by everyone with lots of comments on how well run it was. Everyone enjoyed the variety of events and had a great time while the parents relaxed knowing their children were having fun.
Our next event - AGM, date tba.