Belmont Haywood Country Park
Those living locally to the park can access it from Waterfield Road or Cedar/Sycamore Avenue but for those travelling from further afield there is a car park off Waterfield Road.
The park has been developing since the farm land was passed to Herefordshire Council through Charles Church Housing as a planning condition for the building of a small estate of 69 houses just within the boundary of the city/Newton Farm Ward 7 years ago. It lies alongside Newton Meadows, the Belmont pools and Newton Coppice.
As a country park much of the 18 acre site is wild grassland, but selected areas have been mown to allow children and families space to play games such as football or rounders. There is a small play area with equipment for younger children to enjoy, and picnic benches and places to sit all around the park. The park shows nature at its best with many species of trees, including ancient oak trees, an historic variety pear and apple orchard, a traditionally laid hedge, stumperies, wild flowers in the Spring and Summer followed by fruits and berries in the Autumn. The Belmont pool allows swans, moorhens, a variety of ducks and other water fowl to glide gracefully across its surface, and terrapins to bask in the sunshine when the weather is warm. There is also an occasional visit by a heron looking for lunch.
Recently restored footways meander across and around the park and allow access for people to enjoy the area whether on foot, on a bicycle, in a pushchair or on a mobility scooter. Work is currently being undertaken to build a boardwalk across the end of the lower Belmont pool giving complete circular access around the park thus avoiding venturing out onto Haywood Lane.
The park is looked after in the main by the volunteer group, the Country Park Supporters (CPS), who work tirelessly to complement occasional work carried out by the Herefordshire Council's contractors Balfour Beatty.
CPS raised funds to purchase equipment to help maintain the park, plus a storage facility to house this equipment. They also raised funds to enable signage to the park and information boards relating to flora and fauna within the park. CPS are always looking for volunteer help and monetary donations. The CPS can only operate thanks to the revenue funding contributions made each year by Hereford City Council.