Lea Park has been a Local Nature Reserve since 2010.
It is a village park of about six hectares, formerly part of the grounds of Lea Hall, which was demolished in 1973. The only permanent building remaining is the Butler's Pantry where Lea Parish Council, who are owners of the park, meet regularly.
There is an open kickabout area fringed by trees; a cricket field in the middle of a large former football field; tennis courts; a children's playground and a recently planted up community orchard.
The main route through the park goes into the wood and round as far as 'Cromwell's Pond' (which is usually dry in summer and fills up to a shallow depth in winter), then back alongside the hedge (on the far side of the cricket field to the wood) and back to the Butler's Pantry and carpark. This hedge has recently been partially plashed.
Recently confirmed Public Footpaths lead from the fence behind the pond up through Sherriff's Walk and New Plantation to give access to Knaith Park paths and the Stag Inn. There is also a route along Willingham Road which offers good views of the park and beyond to the River Trent and the cooling towers of West Burton Power Station. The path returns to the car park in Lea Park. This makes a very pleasant circular walk of about two kilometres.
The reserve (Grid Ref. SK 827866) is located in the village of Lea, two miles south of Gainsborough. The entrance is about 100 metres down the lane a few yards south of the junction between the A156 and B1241 in the village of Lea. There is a tarmac parking area near the entrance.
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If you would like to get involved please contact:
Friends of Lea Park