Hermitage Park is an urban park that is managed and maintained by Argyll and Bute Council and has been a public park for over 100 years. It covers an area of 3.8 hectares (9.39 acres) and is located in the Conservation Area in the town of Helensburgh on the River Clyde. The Friends of Hermitage Park are a very active group who support, promote and work in partnership with the Council to deliver a wide range of activities and help to engage the community.
Hermitage Park has a great deal of character and is a distinctive public park, having been developed from the pleasure grounds and gardens of the now demolished Hermitage House, and remains of Milligs Mill, which date back to the 13th century. The park includes the towns ‘A’ Listed war memorial, a display/kitchen garden, we are working with our community to develop this growing space; the spring fed Hermits Well, a natural burn that runs through the park and series of pedestrian bridges, a variety of flower and shrub beds and a tree collection and various habitats for wildlife. At the heart of the park is our new Passivhaus designed pavilion with covered deck and new play area, which creates a dynamic hub for park visitors.
The park has recently been redeveloped and restored with the aid of the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Ongoing collaborative projects with our community, and a volunteer and activities programme, continue to help us engage with visitors and bring people together to make the park a vibrant community asset. By ‘growing our park together’ the park will continue to be a well-used and loved community space.