Parkinson’s Park sits on the hillside behind the old Crompton Parkinson site on Netherfield Road: access is via entrances on Kelcliffe Lane, Greenshaw Terrace, Parkinson Way, Nethercliffe Crescent and Hillside Avenue. This historic area was given to the people of Guiseley to use as a park by Frank & Albert Parkinson in the 1930’s: it has been used for walks, play, and events ever since . Now owned by Bellway Homes, basic maintenance is done by Meadfleet The Friends of Parkinson’s Park CIC (FOPP) was set up to once again make the Park an attractive green space for community use and events, whilst helping to manage its varied natural habitats. On these pages you can read the history, examine the ecology and sign up to follow and comment on progress – as well as tell us your own stories of the park.
The New Year has seen a number of maintenance jobs completed around the Park. Firstly, woodchip has been laid on the bottom path to help making walking easier. Thanks to Shaun Smith and helper from Elite Garden Maintenance for this.
Next, we have had work done to fix the broken gates, and to replace the vandalised gate on the Kelcliffe Lane entrance. Thanks to Ian Walker for this.
Finally, we have started renovating some of the old apple trees; this one is the one that is thought to be a cider apple tree, and was rather a thicket. We had the hawthorn tree growing too close removed, and have then pruned the apple tree back by around the recommended 25% to start forming an ‘open goblet’ shape. We’ll continue the work on the shape in future years. Hopefully, this will help improve the quality of the fruit – if we have done it right.
Apple Tree Before Pruning
Apple Tree After Pruning
Super Blood Wolf Moon 21st January 2019
Lunar eclipse over Parkinson’s Park around 4.40am, this is nearly total eclipse. Across the moon are some tree branches. As the eclipse became almost total, some birds began to sing. This is as close as I can get it to what it looked like with the naked eye.
This type of occurance is called a Super Blood Wolf Moon and is a rare phenomenon, caused in part when a lunar eclipse makes the surface of a full moon appear a reddish hue while seeming brighter and closer to earth than normal. Astronomers are particularly interested in this year’s blood moon as it is the last of its kind for two years.
Tomorrow, a conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will appear in the east sky before sunrise on January 22, showing the two bright planets 2.4 degrees from each other.
(Super Moon information taken from the Sunday Telegraph.)
To get the Community Orchard into good shape and renovate some of the old apple trees in the Park some of the Friends are attending pruning courses run by the Orchard Project. We are also lucky to have people from the Northen Fruit Growers Association in the area to advise us, as well as the RHS at Harlow Carr.
So, on a cold (-2 degrees) January morning we set off to Tingley to learn how to renovate apple trees and also how to do an Orchard Wassail, an old Anglo Saxon customer to encourage healthy orchards: ‘waes hael’ means ‘good health’.
For us the Wassail involved, soaking the tree roots in rough cider, singing a Wassail folk tune, hanging cider soaked toast on the pruned trees, and eating ‘cake and ale’ (or in our case, as we were driving, warm, spiced apple juice). You can also process through the orchard making a noise with pots and pans to drive away ‘bad spirits’, and dress up as mummers.
An Orchard Wassail is done on ‘Twelfth Night’ – although this could be the modern calendar date of 6th January or the old calendar of 17th January. We thought that next year we’d give it a go and have our own Parkinson’s Park wassail event.
If anyone would like to help organize it let us know – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our 2019 Events will be as follows: over the year we may well add in new events and confirm dates when we know them. We’ve also added several significant local and national anniversaries.
24th March – 10.30am Great British Spring Clean
Spring – Wildflower Planting (date to be confirmed)
June – Christmas Lights Summer Market Continue reading
The Friends of Parkinson’s Park would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Planning is now underway for the 2019 maintenance and event schedule for the Park and now is the time for ideas for Park improvements or events you would like to get involved in – email us on email@example.com with suggestions.
Work on trees safety has already been done by Meadfleet, and we are planning on putting more woodchip paths down just as soon as we’ve sourced supplies and funds. The Farmgate is in need of repair, along with the latches on two other gates, and that is in hand. We will also be installing a new gate near the top bench to replace the one that got vandalised Continue reading
Considering the dreadful weather the night before, we were very lucky again with the Lantern Parade that the weather held. Everyone came together to have another hour of fun bringing in the Parkinson’s Park lanterns from the Park to the Town Cross, and singing carols to the sound of Guiseley Brass Band.
This is a truly community affair with many different people doing their part and giving of their time and skill. The cast list this year was as follows and we’d like to thank everyone.
Parade – Jennifer Kirkby
Refreshments – Chris Parapia
Music and Announcers – Vivien Hornsby Smith
MUSIC AND ANNOUNCERS
Guiseley Brass Band
Drums- Jacob Phillips, Codswallop
– Variety of Children
Welcome – Micky Munro (Guiseley Baptists)
Carol calling – Roger Smith (Guiseley Methodists)
Blessing – David Pickett (St Oswalds)
LANTERNS MADE BY Lucy Phillips
Guiseley Working Mens Club
Sian Cartwright – Buns and pies
Vivien Hornsby Smith
Carolone Herries – Carol Sheets
Karen Smith and Residents
ADVENT TREE DRESSING
Little Friends of Parkinson’s Park
PA System – Cllr Graham Latty/Andy Cheetham
Woodchip – Brooks Ecological
Gazebo – Guiseley Lights
Leaflet Design – Lucy Phillips
Churches – Vivien Hornsby Smith
Digital – Jennifer Kirkby
Delivery – Becky James and children
If there is something you would like to do on next year’s parade just let us know – we are always open to all ideas.