Other Open Spaces
Bridgnorth Football Club lease the football club on Crown Meadow. Local junior clubs hire the pitch on Crown Meadow itself.
Nestling beneath the sandstone rocks of Castle Hill are gardens which the Town Council have laid out on the site of the former Shell Garage. The sandstone rocks contain a number of caves, one of which is known as “Lavington’s Hole” and was dug by Colonel Lavington whilst attempting to blow up the Royalist magazine which had been established above in St Mary’s Church during the Civil War. The Town
Council have established a walkway through the gardens and planted numerous rose bushes to enhance the area. A monitoring exercise is currently being carried out by Engineering Consultants to measure the movement of the rock-face. Some movement has been detected and further steps taken to install higher monitoring points. Health and Safety measures were taken by digging a ditch to trap any falling rocks.
The Quayside is the former landing quay of the port of Bridgnorth, which the Town Council refurbished in 1995 with the assistance of £180,000 of European grant aid and a partnership with English Heritage. The quay is much used by fishermen who regularly utilise the “free fishing” concession of the town. The refurbishment included ramps for access by the disabled and a tiered area which is used by local bands. The quayside forms a focal display point with hanging baskets and flowerbeds throughout the summer months and the York Stone paving is kept in pristine condition by the Direct Labour Force. A replica plaque to commemorate the naming of the bridge over the River Durolle in Thiers has been erected on the Bridgnorth river bridge.
Well Meadow was formerly owned jointly by the District Council and Town Council but is now owned and managed entirely by the Town Council. The land is meadowland and there is a strict management plan for it’s maintenance. The Town Council also own the fishing rights along this stretch of land and employ a fishing bailiff to collect the daily fees.
Dunval Road forms an acre of recreational land in the centre of a residential development. The grass is cut regularly by the Town Council.
The Grove Common Land
The Town Council adopted the seven acres of common land at The Grove in 1972. Picnic benches have been added by the Town Council and the trunks of dead trees are left in strategic positions in order to enhance the natural habitat for wildlife. The pupils of the neighbouring school of St Mary’s carry out nature study lessons in the area.
The local Police raised funds for the siting of a Youth shelter on the Common Ground but following complaints resulting from public consultation with residents, the project had to be abandoned.
The rose bed border adjacent to the Hospital Walk although not owned by the Town Council, was maintained through a funding partnership arrangement with Shropshire Council although this has now reverted to their management. Additionally the Council funded the landscape works to the corner of the Innage Lane car park.
The Town Council owns the Bylet Island which is an island in the River Severn laid out with two bowling greens and a clubhouse. It is linked to the land by a bridge. Bridgnorth Bowling Club lease the entire island from the Town Council.