HORTON PARK CONSERVATION GROUP
The Horton Park Conservation Group was founded in 2008 to campaign for the conservation of the grade II listed Horton Park and its many valuable features for future generations. The group aims to conserve the park from encroachment, encourage research and inform the local community of the wealth of local heritage related to Horton Park and the 13 listed buildings that are associated with it.
The term ’park’ or ‘parkland’ as applied to Horton Park is the correct description of this historic managed garden/landscape. Although the park may appear to be ‘naturalistic’ it was designed and laid out in the 18th century by the extraordinary polymath Thomas Wright for his patron the Earl of Halifax. This description does not perforce suggest that Horton Park is a municipal or public park in any way or imply any rights of way. The listed parkland includes many private houses and gardens and the green open spaces of Horton Park are all in private hands and under pasture or the plough. The 115 ha of Horton Park do however include many areas that have rights of way, including The Drive and Ravenstone Lane, where some of the 13 listed buildings associated with the park may be viewed. Similarly the world famous gardens of the Menagerie are occasionally open to the public as are the gardens at the Temple House. Both gardens provide complementary panoramic views of the main expanse of the 18th century parkland.