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Colchester has a great landscape heritage and the environment of Colchester is characterised by the quality, quantity and variety of its parks and open spaces. Whether it is somewhere to walk, relax, view the wildlife or simply take time out from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Colchester has something to offer. With free access to over 300 open spaces, 16 countryside sites such as Wivenhoe Woods, Hilly Fields, Lexden Park and Salary Brook, over 50 playgrounds and many sports grounds, open space and recreational opportunities are always within reach. There is no excuse not to get out and about to experience and enjoy the environment.