Located off Station Road, Victoria Park is a lovely Victorian park of around 3 acres which is surrounded by mature trees and includes a children’s play park, nature garden and youth shelter.
Victoria Park is one of the few parks in Ivybridge has some beautiful non native tree species. These were introduced during Victorian times and include Japanese Cherry, Purple Norway Maple, an Acer lobeli and disease resistant Elms.
Volunteers have kindly assisted with maintaining and repairing the historic boundary wall which is a great feature in the park.
Wildlife in Victoria Park
A bat survey was carried out in 2019 which identified that 7 different species of bat make the open spaces of Ivybridge their hunting ground. Predominantly these are Pipistrelles but also a rare Greater Horseshoe Bat was recorded in Victoria Park.
The nature area, which is next to the play area, came about as part of the Big Green Space Challenge in 2016. The bug hotel was rebuilt in 2020 by the Better Nature Project which was run by a student from Ivybridge Community College. This area is maintained with wildflowers and biodiversity in mind.
In the spring you can see bluebells and other wildflowers flowering under the trees.