The Wick Country Park takes its name for nearby Wickford, which was a Saxon village – Wick in Saxon means a winding river, and Ford means river crossing – so Wick-Ford means a crossing over a winding river.
Wickford was a tradition Essex farming village until the 1880s then the arrival of the first trains started its transformation into commuter town.
The park is on old fields which belonged to Fanton Hall Manor but were then abandoned. Fanton Hall was in the domesday records from 1066.
The ‘Friends of the Wick Country Park’ organisation was first formed when the park was created back in 2005. This is a voluntary group who actively help to maintain and promote the park.
Visiting The Wick
- Location: Off Tresco Way, Wickford. Essex
- Opening times: Open 9.00 till dusk.
- Phone: 01268 562921 or 01268 550088 (Countryside Services)
- Nearest Train Station: Wickford – approximately. 2 mile
- Buses: 232, First Thamesway (Sunday only)
Past Events at The Wick Country Park
The Wick Country Park is hosting another day of fun for children on 15th August.
You are invited to come along and join the Ranger and The Friends of the Wick Country Park in a fun day aimed at promoting respect and understanding of nature whilst having fun. Free children’s craft activities and a quiz which will get you exploring the park. The event starts at 11am and finishes at 4pm.
Refreshments in the Pavilion and pond dipping! We are also hoping for some interesting stalls and exhibitors.
Check the website for details: www.friendsofthewickcountrypark.co.uk