History – The Pocket Park was originally created as part of Ecton Brook Linear Park alongside the Rectory Farm and Ecton Brook estates, but over the years the area had become neglected and prone to vandalism and fly tipping.

In 2004 a group of local residents decided to convert the area into a Pocket Park under the County Council Scheme which gives financial assistance in setting up and environmental guidance in promoting conservation, health and wellbeing.

Over the years tons of rubbish have been cleared, children have enjoyed many holiday activities learning about bugs, plants, birds and bats and the biodiversity of the park has been increased by planting native shrubs, wild flowers and bulbs. Grants have been obtained to replace the vandalized seats, build a pond dipping platform and to build new paths along the park making the whole length usable all year round.

Location – The Pocket Park is located to the eastern town boundary of Northampton and runs from north to south next to Bridleways, Rectory Farm and Berrydale. A stream separates the Pocket Park from the farm land next to the estate. The Wellingborough Road is the southern boundary.

Please click on the here to see a map of the pocket park including the Rectory Farm Ramble path

There is also a brief summary of the Pocket Park on the Northamptonshire County Council website

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