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Trent Park

Wednesday, 8th April 2009

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Author: Peter Barry

Trent Park is a beautiful 413 acre country park with vast open spaces ideal for walking, jogging, cycling, horse riding and dog walking. It offers something for all the seasons - during the summer months the park is a haven for families enjoying a picnic, flying kites and enjoying various ball games but is equally enjoyable in the winter when families can be seen making snowmen and tobogganing down the many rolling hills.  

The Visitor Centre offers information about the park as well as advice on guided walks, nature trails, exhibitions and countryside craft workshops.  Boards are dotted through out the estate showing maps and interesting nuggets of information relating to the parks wildlife and flora.  The park boasts two fishing lakes, a golf course, an equestrian centre and Southgate Hockey Centre which has two artificial grass pitches open to the public.  
    
Trent Park Cafeteria is open all year providing snacks, ice creams and refreshments.  The Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service Animal Centre is a very popular attraction.  It is home to a wide variety of rescued animals including deer, foxes, rabbits as well as birds and farm animals.  There is a small play area along side for younger children.

The park opened to the public in 1973 but prior to this it had a fascinating history dating back to the fourteenth century when it was part of the Royal Hunting Forest of Enfield Chase.  Many of our best known monarchs such as Henry VIII and Elizabeth I enjoyed hunting on the land.  The large stately home in the grounds dates back to the 18th century when it was privately owned.  During World War II the house was used to interrogate prisoners of war, however, the building now forms part of the Middlesex University campus.