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Friday, May 15, 2009

Queens Park Behind The Barriers


15 May 2009 I was privileged to be able to get behind the barriers in the Queens Park to report for the website. I like everyone else hadn't seen behind the barriers for years and I found it very sad I remember a few years ago going to the park everyday with the dog and listening to the news at 1 pm sitting in the park by the walled garden or the blind garden along with many other people on their lunch break. Then it was in beautiful condition full of flowers roses and bushes.

What I found was a park that had reverted back to nature overgrown in a mess I saw rabbits the size of dogs running about in the long grass. I am sure it will all come together in the end but there is a lot of work to get it back to any way near its old self. I was the head gardener at Bostock hall a similar place to the Park with lake, woods etc and that was is in a rundown state and took years just getting the grass back to a reasonable state.

I have been given permission to return to the Park and take new photos as work develops so we can report it on the website. The website will in effect become a living history book of the restoration which is a new use of a website. The press can print an odd photo of the site but we can produce videos and lots of pictures for users to see the progress until its final finish probably 2010


Above the Band stand flanked by the 2 trees some work has been done to the bandstand this week
The top lawn area near the blind scented garden with the magnificent weeping tree note how half lawn cut and half uncut
The top lawn again facing the other way showing the entrance to the scented garden
Coronation walk once a rose covered walk to the bird houses
Further down the path past the coronation walk
The same path further down with dirty path and old seat
The other side of the path along the woodland walk still a very beautiful walk
Down by the lake and Burma Island close up
The footing for the new bridge to Burma island already to go just awaiting the bridge
The old bridge just past the cafe again the footing are in ready to go
The top lawn with the mud taken from the lake which will be used within the park
Another view of the woodland walk by the little stream
The old water fall next to the birdhouse that was
The walk from up the hill showing the wild grass
The walled garden once full of roses and plants now bare the water fall will not be replaced
The main entrance in full bloom
The scented garden created for blind users


View across the lake of the other side of the park I will try and get some photos of that side in the near future

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