Welcome to Parkinson’s Park

Parkinsons ParkParkinson’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.

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We are delighted that Parkinson’s Park has been nominated for Fields in Trust UK’s Favourite Parks 2022! This is a Nationwide public vote to find the Parks and Green Spaces that have made a valuable contribution to their local community whilst acting as a sanctuary over the past few years.

We are one of 364 Parks and Green Spaces to have been nominated, and the vote will decide local and national favourites. From the favourites one will get the top accolade of being the UK’s Favourite Park 2022.

If Parkinson’s Park has contributed to your wellbeing you can show your support by voting for us online before Thursday 18th August 2022 at https://www.fieldsintrust.org/…/nominat…/parkinsons-park

Fields in Trust Chief Executive Helen Griffiths said:

Our nation’s parks have been so important during the pandemic, and it is vital that we celebrate them to help ensure they are protected for future generations. Without urgent action, Britain’s public green space is set to decrease, putting more pressure on fewer green spaces to support the health and wellbeing of communities, now and in the future. Our children and grandchildren deserve to have the same access to green space that we do, so we need to act before it’s too late.

It is within the powers of our local leaders to protect our green spaces and after the pandemic this is a significant moment to change the way we think about the contribution local green spaces make to our health, our wellbeing, our environment, and ultimately our futures.

Nominations for UK’s Favourite Park 2022 represent the many different ways people enjoy green spaces, each valued by its local community. Parks have been nominated by people who love to walk, run, cycle, relax, picnic, walk the dog and play with their children in the UK’s parks. Public voting will determine local favourites as well as the national favourite park in each of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. These four will be shortlisted with the overall UK’s Favourite Park announced over the August Bank Holiday.

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Celebrating the Decades of the Queen’s Reign

As with the national Jubilee Pageant, the Parkinson’s Park Big Jubilee Picnic celebrated the different decades of the Queen’s 70 year Reign. Instead of a pageant we chose to do it via the Corgi Trail around seven of the entrances, and also in a display of fashion – which people could also wear.

We asked seven different groups to interpret each decade for us, and we’d like to say thank you to them for their invention and hard work in preparing and setting up. We hope people enjoyed the look back through British culture and its changes.


Down at the Greenshaw Gate Hazel Berry chose to recreate the 1953 Coronation and street celebrations; this was a much photographed chair by passersby !!


At the Farm Gate, Abi James and her High School Art Class. Libby, Amelia, Nate, Beatriz, Summer and Thomas, together with the Yarns Well Spun project beautifully interpreted the culture of the 1960s through a Jasper Johns inspired pop art display as well as a demonstration of their handicraft – remember those 1960s crochet dresses?

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Parkinson’s Park’s Jubilee Tree – The Stories

At the heart of our Big Jubilee Picnic was the dedication of the Jubilee Tree to the Queen’s Green Canopy and the special story we commissioned by writer Irene Lofthouse about the history of the Park, its people and its trees.

This linked with national events where the Tree of Trees outside Buckingham Palace was one of the centrepieces of the Jubilee celebrations and the lighting of the chain of nationwide beacons. The Tree of Trees represented the Queen’s Green Canopy legacy to the nation, and was made up of indigenous species such as oak and hazel; the Jubilee Tree in Parkinson’s Park is officially registered now as part of the Canopy.

The tree was dedicated by special guest Alec Denton, who has known the Park all his life; Alec was helped by one of our younger residents, Bea Harris who cut the ribbon on the new tree plaque. Alec said

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Jubilee Food For Sharing

The Big Jubilee Picnic in Parkinson’s Park is part of the Eden Project’s Nationwide Big Jubilee Lunch to celebrate neighbourhoods as part of the official celebrations for HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

We’ll all be joining millions of people across the UK to share friendship, food and fun and strengthen our community links. We’d like to thank everyone who is sharing their skills and time to help with the different elements of the Big Jubilee Picnic.

As well as bringing along your own picnic, as part of the event we are setting up a sharing table near the tea and coffee refreshment tent, so that you can bring your Jubilee bakes to share with others. They don’t have to be spectacular creations, just something your family likes and wants to share as part of the celebration. Food is at the heart of giving.

Here from the Eden Project’s website are some ideas from their Jubilee Cookbook, but your own recipes are just as good, and we’d love to have them to publish as part of our Jubilee Souvenir booklet later in the year under your name. So, if you are bringing food to share, do bring the recipe as well and hand it in at the same time. Or, just email it to Parkinsonspark@gmail.com

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Big Jubilee Picnic – Programme

A quick check of the weather shows sunny intervals in the afternoon of Friday 3rd June, so fingers crossed for the Parkinson’s Park, Big Jubilee Picnic – however should there be a downpour watch out for news on our Facebook Page. We’ve all been hard at work preparing and hope you will enjoy what we’ve been planning.

12.30 – 1pm Arrive early dressed in your favourite Queen’s Decade’ outfit, to set out your favourite picnic spot. Add bakes to the Sharing Table. Add a decoration to the Celebration Tree. Pick up a Trail Map & Programme (or download here)
1pmWelcome to Jubilee featuring Guiseley Brass Band
1 – 2pm Picnic and Crown Making
Tea, Coffee and Water available + Sharing Table Bakes
2pm Gather at the Jubilee Tree for our interactive Family Storytelling told by a special guest – who will share a very special Jubilee tale of Parkinson’s Park. The Jubilee Tree has been official registered as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy Legacy.
2.25pm Dedication of the Jubilee Tree by guest Alec Denton
2.45pm Hunt down the special word on the Corgi Trail (free)
Wang A Welly at Crooklands Orchard (20p a go)
Drench the occupant of the Sponge Stocks (20p a go)
Take a trip around the park on the Tree Trail (free)
3.30pm Raffle, Close and National Anthem
Another DayAfter the event we’ll be producing a Jubilee Souvenir Booklet with the original story we’ve commissioned, and photographs of the day. If you do not wish to be in a photograph please either advise someone at the FOPP tent of Photographer Darren Sanderson.
Make a Natural Crown – bring your own flowers or forage leaves and grasses from the Park
Add A Red/White/Blue Jubilee Decoration To The Celebration Tree
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The run up to Jubilee has started in the Park, and elsewhere. Yesterday, 21st May, Guiseley Lights installed the Jubilee display at the cross in Towngate, and the Natter Bench in the Park was yarnbombed by the clever Ladies of the ‘Yarns Well Spun‘ project run by Daisy Croft Crafts.

Lots more Park Jubilee decorations to come over the next fortnight with many Park Friends putting on their collaborative ‘creative’ hats to bring you their interpretation of cultural events over the seven decades from 1952 to 2022.

All the decorating will culminate in:

2nd June – St Oswald’s Church, Music for a Royal Occasion’ with the Choir, 12.15 pm .

3rd June – The Parkinson’s Park Big Jubilee Picnic 12.30 for 1pm .

4th June – Guiseley Methodists will be holding a Jubilee Tea 2-4pm .

5th June Guiseley Lights Jubilee Street Party Towngate 1 – 5 pm

So, get on your favourite ‘decade’ outfit, from 50s Teddy Boy drapes, to 90s Spice Girl specials and let’s have some fun.

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To get the Park Jubilee Picnic ready, we are having a litter pick and Park tidy, next Sunday, 29 May, from 10.30am. Come along and help ‘dig’ out the litter from all the more hidden places, and around the benches.

Litter pickers and bags provided.

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We are very pleased to announce that Bradford Writer Irene Lofthouse, will be our Storyteller at the dedication of the Jubilee Tree at The Big Jubilee Picnic on 3rd June 2022. Irene is creating an original story to tell about the Jubilee Tree and the Park when the tree is ‘unveiled’ by long time Guiseley resident Alec Denton, who has known the Park all his life.

Irene in Undercliffe Cemetery With Her Book

Irene specialises in creating and performing stories about Yorkshire; she has taken part in Saltaire Tales, plays Anne Lister at Piece Hall, and has been writer in Residence with First Story at UAK Academy, Keighley. Her books available on Amazon include Stories from Stone: An anthology inspired by Undercliffe Cemetery’ and Strange Tales In The Dales of which one review said:

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Time to create some happiness. Jubilee is approaching and it was good to see the Queen looking happy this week at the start of the Platinum Jubilee events.

The Queen At the Jubilee Windsor Horse Show May 2022 – picture source BBC!!

As is now the custom, the Park’s Celebration Tree will be decorated, this time in red, white and blue decorations for anyone and everyone to add to as they pass.

We’ll start the tree in the run up to the Jubilee weekend on 28th May, but now’s the time to get knitting, sewing, or the children drawing crowns, corgis, flags, or whatever is appropriate.

The Celebration Tree Decorated For Easter

People comment about how they love to see the decorations during the year, so let’s build the smiles, lift the mood, and pay tribute to the Queen and all her years of dedication and hard work .