Places where we can experience the outdoors, get some exercise, breathe some fresh air, run around or sit and watch.

Somewhere where the countryside is recognizable and we can make a link with wildlife, and maybe our natural selves.

Cotton End Park

Ten acres of green space with an assault course and zip wires, picnic tables, trees and wildflowers. The wildlife reserve has ponds, a dipping platform and a bird watching hide. There are sheep, bee hives, and a community orchard.

Mill Park Reserve

A pocket park with ponds, a bog garden and an observation platform by the stream, plus seats and a picnic bench. There is also a field centre, a butterfly garden, a human sundial, a wildflower meadow and a mini woodland.

New Book – The Birds of Long Buckby

This amazing book by Nick Roberts (with a little help from Sue Ebbage), is a remarkable insight into the variety (and sometimes rarity), of the birds that visit our parish. Nick shares his passion for birds and the absolute necessity to create green spaces for both nature and us and the work that is being done by an army of volunteers, to ensure we have such spaces within Long Buckby.

This ground breaking book is available now to purchase for £15 from The Peephole High Street, Long Buckby, via email to: or via the PayPal button on the website.

Proceeds from the book will be donated to Long Buckby Green Spaces.

Mill Park Reserve is Open

Following the recent work on our boardwalk, Mill Park Reserve is open again for individuals, households or groups of up to 6 people. Please note that the government says: “”When meeting with people you don’t live with (or have formed a support bubble with) you can socialise in groups of up to 6. You should continue to maintain social distancing with anyone you do not live with.”

Cotton End Park Honey For Sale!

Peter Ellson, who manages the beehives at Cotton End park, has produced 30 jars of honey from Cotton End Park. They are now on sale at £6 a jar, with £1 from each sale donated to Cotton End Park. The honey is delicious. Peter is also selling honeycomb, at 50p per ounce. Peter is happy to take orders, and you can contact him by email: or by phone at 07957304828. Hurry while stocks last!

S.O.Z! Save our Zip Wire!

As you most probably know, our popular zip wire has been disabled, following a RoSPA report. We need to replace the existing wooden frame before the zip wire can be restored to working order. This will most probably cost in the region of £10,000, if not more. CAN YOU HELP? We need all the help we can get from our supporters, so we have set up a JustGiving page. If you would like to donate, please visit Without your support, Cotton End Park will not flourish and continue to provide a haven for families and wildlife.

Cotton End Park is Open

Week beginning 18 May 2020: In line with recent revised government guidelines, Cotton End Park is now open to cars and small groups, though the play equipment and zip wire are still out of bounds. We will review the situation on a week-by-week basis. Unfortunately, the zip wires will remain closed until further notice as we need to replace the faulty timber to make them safe.