Sunnyside Play Area: Activity Equipment area for young children, including a helter skelter and climbing cone, in an enclosed area. There is a large recreational space for football and other team games, as well as general relaxation, and a kicking wall at the far end. Benson Tennis Club also has its courts on Sunnyside, complete with a clubhouse, and outdoor seating. Sunnyside is located alongside the Parish Hall.
St Helens Avenue Play Area: Activity equipment for younger children, including a small roundabout and slide. The play area is located right next to St Helens Avenue allotment site.
Green Close Play Area: Activity equipment for younger children, including a multi-play. Located at the end of a cul de sac
Rivermead Recreation Area: Paddling pool, picnic area, seating and open space along the River Thames bank. The Thames Path runs through Rivermead, and next door is the Waterside Cafe and Marina.
Millbrook Mead is a fantastic small area of marshy nature reserve, wildflower meadow and hazel coppice… a hidden gem in Benson! The small nature area is managed by Benson Ecological Study Team (BEST) and is located alongside the Ewelme Brook south west of the A4074.
Access can be found from St Helen's Avenue at the entrance to the public allotments, from there you need to bare right down the public footpath to the Ewelme brook. Follow the footpath past the Cuckoo Pen Plant Nursery and continue along through the tunnel under the main road (definitely not wheelchair-friendly I'm afraid and watch your head!) as you emerge you will be entering the Millbrook Mead and enjoy the stroll along the boardwalk through the nature reserve.
Be sure not to miss the wildflower meadow and hazel coppice, where a picnic table has been added to the small clearing in the wildflower meadow and makes an ideal location to sit and enjoy the flowers, wildlife and a picnic. The area is a real sun trap and as well as a wide variety of native wild flowers it attracts some fairly unusual butterflies, dragonflies and other insects. If you have an interest in our native flora and fauna it is well worth a visit.
You will emerge in Preston Crowmarsh on the Thames Path, a short walk from the Benson Lock and Rivermead leisure park. For wheelchair access the Millbrook Mead is best accessed from the Thames Path in Preston Crowmarsh.
If anyone is interested or would like to help with the maintenance of the Millbrook Mead please contact BEST.