Saturday 12th September, the sun broke through the clouds to shine on us all at the Conningbrook Lakes Open Day.

The former Ashford quarry turned country park, located next to the Julie Rose Stadium, now offers a restored picturesque space for residents and visitors to enjoy.

The new park, thought to have a significant prehistoric story behind it, offers a variety of water-based activities within it’s beautiful lakeside setting with views of the North Downs, plus access to many country trails.

The open day welcomed local families as well as those who journeyed from out of town, to take in the new countryside attraction. Local clubs ran taster sessions for activities such as canoeing, kayaking, archery and angling as well as activities available through the Julie Rose.

Appearances were also made from some of our popular Ashford Farmers’ Market traders who had a successful day exhibiting their local produce throughout the afternoon.

In the future, public will have access to walk freely about the park and water based activities will be on offer through local clubs and associations.

Areas of the park, home to kingfishers, herons and even the occasional otter, will be managed by the Kent Wildlife Trust who will also be working with Ashford Borough Council to improve the current wildlife habitats.

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