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Acton Park

Acton Park
Acton Park's main feature is the lake at its centre

As part of a guide to the region's urban parks, we take a closer look at Wrexham's historic and picturesque Acton Park

Acton Park wildlife
Grey squirrels
Mute swans
Canada geese
Common carp

Acton Park was created in the 1790s as a garden to Acton Hall, a house which was demolished in 1954.

The house was home to many different families over the years, including the Jeffreys family one of whose members was the notorious ' Hanging Judge Jeffreys '. At the time the park was created the house was owned by Sir Foster Cunliffe .

During World War II so-called Nissen huts were erected in the park and various regiments were billeted there including some American soldiers.

Following the war, in 1947, the then owner presented the house and grounds to Wrexham Council. About half of the grounds were used for housing while the remaining 55 acres are today used as a public park which is now surrounded by the communities of Acton, Borras and Garden Village.

Features and facilities

As well as extensive grounds, the park contains a lake which is a habitat for many species of birds and fish. The lake is popular with anglers and there is an Acton Community Angling Club. Other features of the park are children's play areas, a bowling green and tennis courts. There is a Japanese garden and a gorsedd circle.


Richard Aram, the park development officer, describes some of the variety of nature to be seen: "Acton Park plays host to wide variety of wildlife. The park has a range of habitats with the lake, wooded areas and meadows. The lake provides a habitat for a large variety of birds from the majestic swans to the ever-active coots.

"The lake also has a healthy stock of fish with pike, roach and carp some of the more common species. Away from the lake the wooded area and trees provide a perfect home to a variety of birds often seen in your gardens and the occasional more rare visitor."

Email us if you've got more to add:

Alan Paterson from Wrexham: "The birdlife in the park is really good. I have seen raven and peregrine passing over, plus buzzards, siskin and redpoll. This morning there was a group of 30-40 redwing and fieldfare in the park waiting to get at the Cotoneaster berries. Also seen; goldcrest and nuthatch plus the usual culprits."

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