Celebrating its 70th Anniversary this year, award-winning Warfield Park is one of the longest established Residential Park Home Estates in the UK. Set within 92 acres of idyllic parkland between Ascot and Bracknell, and playing host to a thriving community of over 400 privately owned park homes and rental accommodation across 75 properties, Warfield Park is one of the most sought after park home locations in the south of England.
The design and layout of the Park is unique in that the majority of the homes are not laid out in rows, unlike many newly built bricks and mortar properties. The homes, which boast generously sized gardens filled with colourful blooms, sit between the Park’s magnificent trees, with an abundance of wildlife.
Arriving at Warfield Park, there is a sense that you have escaped the daily hustle and bustle and have been transported into a slice of tranquil village life. This is echoed by resident Jackie Porter who says Warfield Park is, ‘like living in a peaceful village from 50 years ago. It is so calm and peaceful.’
What is particularly special about Warfield Park is the strong sense of community enjoyed by the residents. The residents are friendly and extremely welcoming – the resident dog walkers say hello, neighbours chat to each other, and people flash a smile and exchange pleasantries in a way that is usually only found in a close village.
This small rural neighbourhood is by no means cut off from society. The Park is conveniently located 3 miles from Bracknell Town Centre and within easy reach of the M3, M4 and local bus routes and mainline trains to London Waterloo and Reading.
Adding to the popularity of the development are on-site facilities including a community hall, hairdressers, beauty salon, and launderette. The community hall, which is regularly used for clubs, hobbies, and events arranged by the residents’ vibrant Community Association, is described as the ‘hub of the Park’ by their Chairperson Rosie Jones.
‘There are so many clubs and activities available…things to interest everyone whether active or not,’ said Rosie. The broadness of activities available ranges from fitness, music and social activities, as well as regular weekend socials which often feature live music. Monthly excursions and bi-weekly coffee mornings are a great opportunity for the residents to socialise with like-minded friends’.
Christine Barnes, a resident for over 5 years on the Park, said, ‘Warfield Park is a beautiful place to live, the grounds are very attractive and the sense of community spirit is wonderful. There is nowhere else we would rather live!’ This thought was reiterated by Rosie Jones, “It is a truly fabulous place to live – you can be as involved as you want to be. People look out for each other without being intrusive. It is a really safe place to live and we have a very helpful and nice team of people in Warfield Park Homes. No matter what the problem they will do their best to help us.”
The safety and security of living in a community of like-minded people, where neighbours look out for one another, is a major factor that attracts many residents to live at Warfield Park. ‘The community in the Park have such a different mind-set when it comes to looking after each other and caring for those in need,’ said resident Sandy Goodall. The Park is ‘a place to meet new and old friends and to have lots of fun together.’
Warfield Park recently celebrated its 70th anniversary by hosting an event to thank its residents and tenants for their continued support. Food, drink, and entertainment from the Two Nightingales and DJ John Farr were provided throughout the day for the residents, their friends and families. Managing Director, Barry Sumner, said ‘We have seen lots of changes over the 70 years: the Park has grown from just a few mobile homes to the estate we have today. We felt that it was very important to bring together our residents and tenants to celebrate such a special milestone for the Park as a community.’
The positive community spirit benefits both old and new residents, with many joining a club or activity, or attending coffee mornings to establish friendships soon after moving onto the Park. Christine Barnes said, ‘We have made many new friends since moving here five and a half years ago. In our first week on the Park I joined the Line Dancing class which I had never done before so was a little apprehensive. I was made so welcome by everybody and really enjoyed it. We got our first ever dog, Poppy, who everybody knows and we have met and become friends with so many residents while walking around the Park.’
Written by NIKKI COLLAS
Images supplied By WARFIELD PARK