Before the Second World War most of the area around the village of Park Wood was mainly woodland and fields which made up Park Wood farm and nearby Brishing Court Farm among others. Potatoes, hard fruit and corn were grown with sheep proving an important income also. Some trees were left in the area as it was redeveloped, originally around a large playing field where Heather House now stands and local football and rugby teams now play regularly, situated between Bicknor Road and Brishing Lane.
In 2006, a much needed redevelopment of a large part of Park Wood called Wallis Fields, was commenced, and new housing and shops have been built in the area since then. Wallis Fields Phase 1 & 2 works were completed December 2015, – March 2016.
A further part of the refurbishment known as stage 3 is currently under construction and is due to be completed by early 2018. At the time of writing (October 2017) the construction of 18 houses, 38 flats and 2 retail units is well under way, and the old site shown in the bottom photograph known as Park Wood parade has become unrecognizable.
The population of the ward of Park Wood in Maidstone is rapidly growing, and now includes two new housing developments. One is known as Langley Park off the A274 Sutton Road at Park Wood’s eastern border. This new developement includes Langley Park Primary Academy in Edmett Way and a new Aldi supermarket. Ther other is the Redrow Homes development also along this road.
The ward of Park Wood extends from Langley Park along the A274 westward towards Maidstone town center as far as the Kent Police Headquarters.
There is also a large retail – trade – industrial estate off and along Bircholt Road with a varied selection of businesses. The Parkwood Trading Estate was established about mid 1950’s and is still growing. It contains a variety of both large and small businesses.
There is also a much smaller industrial estate known as Haslemere Industrial Estate, also off the A274 Sutton Road.
There is some information about the history of Park Wood to be found on the BBC’s Domesday Reloaded project, along with other areas of Maidstone.
There is also information available on Maidstone’s trolley buses serving Park Wood on YouTube HERE