Parkinson’s Park sits behind what used to be the Crompton Parkinson site on Netherfield Road: it can be approached via a number of entrances on Kelcliffe Lane, Greenshaw Terrace, Netherfield Crescent and Hillside Avenue. It was given to the people of Guiseley to use as a park by Frank and Albert Parkinson during the 1930’s: it has been in continuous use for walks, play, and events since that time. It is now owned by the developer Bellway Homes, who, along with Local Councillors and organizations like RHS and Groundwork, have supported the Friends of Parkinson’s Park CIC (FOPP) in their efforts to make this an attractive green space once again for community use. On these pages you can follow and comment on the progress that is made – we also need your stories of the park, as well as pictures, and comments on how you would like the park to devleop. We warmly welcome all contributions, or just sign up to follow us on this site or on Twitter (parkinsons_pk). If you use foursquare :: on your smartphone, check in and leave a tip for other visitors.
Photographs above and in the header by Darren Sanderson Photography from Rawdon.
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Not quite in Parkinson’s Park, but it plays a role in the setting. So we are pleased that repairs and improvements have been done over the last few weeks along Kelcliffe Lane, from the top of Oxford Avenue to Nursery Road.
In times gone by this used to be a cobbled lane – originally made into a cart track around 1708. There are people who remember that you could drive a car along it all the way from Kelcliffe Avenue to Nursery Road in the 1950’s. However, in recent years it has fallen increasingly into disrepair, with parts of it becoming so muddy and slippery it was hard to walk, and in other areas large puddles appearing in ruts.
The lane was repaired in part by the Council a couple of years ago, but a large section near the Park’s Farm Gate soon became rutted again due to poor drainage. The recent repairs have been organized and paid for by some of the local residents along the track with a contribution also made by the ward Councillors. Leeds City Council supplied some of the materials, but the contractor this time was a private company who have paid some attention to the drainage conditions. So, we need to keep fingers crossed that this will work.
Many of the residents on the Hillside end of the lane are very pleased that they can now take children to school, and walk to Guiseley along the lane in winter.
The task next year will be to see if we can get the Council to clear up the lower part of Kelcliffe Lane, where the nettles are almost completely over growing the area in parts. There were promises for something to be done this year, but this has not materialised.
With the repairs done we will be able to use Kelcliffe Lane for the start of our Lantern Parade on 17th December. That should solve the issue of the ‘bottleneck’ through the Oxford Road gate, and save any possible damage to cars parked along the small track.
A thank you to everyone who has contributed to this improvement.
As usual we will be having ‘music’ to accompany the lanterns down from the Park to the Cross on Sunday. This year we hope to make it even bigger and better with both musical instruments as well as the Sound of the Mills Percussion Band beating out the rhythm.
If you’d like to join in the Sound of the Mills Band for the parade, there is a workshop on Friday evening to learn the beat, between 6.45 -7.30pm at Guiseley Baptist Church. The workshop is being run for us by community arts company Codswallop. Booking not necessary, just turn up.
When we get to the cross, Guiseley Brass Band will be working their usual magic; not forgetting the community singing.
Open Country Installation Team
A Pond Dipping Platform has been installed by the side of the Bog Garden. Funds were donated via a grant from Green Leeds Limited and Open Country installed it.
As the Garden starts to settle and fill up with plants we hope that it will develop its bogginess – Open Country have worked hard during 2017 to try to ensure the right conditions, whilst some of the Friends have worked hard to keep the plants watered during dry periods.
The Advent Tree – or three trees this year are now started in the Park for you to add your own decorations during the coming weeks. Thanks go to all those who came to help, and dressed for the occasion.
Woodchipping has also been put on the paths around the area we use for the Lantern Parade to make walking a little easier. This was paid for this year by a grant from Green Leeds Ltd.
The lantern making workshop last Saturday went well and a total of 21 lanterns were made. We’d like to thank Lucy, Lynn and Jacob from Codswallop for organizing that. The lanterns should look good during the Lantern Parade on 17th December.
Don’t forget the percussion workshop on 15th December, 6.45pm at Guiseley Baptist Church for all those who would like to ‘bang the drum aka dustbin lid’ during the parade.
We’d like to thank all the Lantern Parade leaflet distributors for going in such cold weather last week to deliver the leaflets.
We got a real production line going in the Park this afternoon, with a number of people joining in to turn apples from their own trees, and those in the Park, into juice. We even had a very unusual apple from one of Park’s apple trees, Red Devil – deep red on the outside and the inside.
Thanks to the Leeds Apple Project for their support during the year, and also for bringing along the apple juicing equipment – as well as helping to supervise.
If anyone would like to learn how to look after the orchard, let us know. The Apple Project turn up regularly during the year to help show us how to get the best out of the trees planted several years ago. We have apples, plums and pears.
First the apples are sliced up
Then they are put into a ‘hopper’ for smashing up (the technical term escapes me …..) The smashing up can be hard work, and the bicycle brought to do it was not working properly. Then the pulp is poured into the press Pressed, and out comes the juice . ready for bottling. And, then we start again next year, looking after the trees in the orchard.
Every Autumn the Charity Crowdfunding Site Local Giving has a Grow Your Tenner campaign. This means that if you donate £10, Local Giving will add a further £10 to our account.
This year we are using the campaign to raise the £800 needed for the 2018 Children’s Gala.
The fund opens on Tuesday at 10am (NOT BEFORE) and runs until funds run out.
Our account is here