Hermitage Park is an urban park that is managed and maintained by Argyll and Bute Council. It covers an area of 3.8 hectares, located in the Conservation Area in the town of Helensburgh. Our 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 demonstration garden being developed in partnership with the community, the spring fed Hermits Well, a natural burn that runs through the park, a variety of flower and shrub beds and a tree collection and various habitats for wildlife. A Passivhaus pavilion hosts a café/restaurant, and together with a popular play area and multi-functional plaza creates a dynamic hub for park visitors. The Pavilion has a community room available for hire.
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 to 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.