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.
A little wet for our Apple Day activities today (14th Oct) so we’ve postponed the event until next week, Sunday 21st October, 2- 4pm
We have a new Orchard Tail leaflet to add to our collection of information on Parkinson’s Park. Come and help us identify the trees that have lost their labels.
The new leaflet will be available at Apple Day 2-4pm 21st October (postponed from 14th oct due to bad weather), or there is a downloadable copy here.
Thanks go to Martyn, Josie and Jenny for the research, Lucy Phillips for the Design and Darren Sanderson for the main photography. Plus the Heritage Lottery Fund.
We have now updated the website with:
- all the research we have done on history, geology and ecology.
- downloadable leaflets on the Story Trail, and the I-Spy Trail
- downloadable map of the park
- information on the trees in the community orchard,
- an overview of the current management plan
- CIC annual reports and contacts
- gallery pictures
- you will also find people’s stories of the Park and you are welcome to add your own
- and last but not least a list of our sponsors.
Martyn Hornsby Smith had written a run down of all the apples, pears and plums we have in the community orchard, which you can find on our website under the Environment header.
Sadly, there are a number of other trees in the Park that have been planted over the years whose variety we do not know.
If anyone would like to find out more, there is an Apple Identification Day on Sunday at Wakefield run by Helping Britain Blossom. Details here.
If anyone finds out the names of the unknown trees, perhaps you would let us know and we can label them.
Along with our new Ecology and Geology information board, we have designed an I-Spy Trail for children to learn about the different habitats in the Park and spot some of the key nature items in each.
If you would like a copy they are available at the following places marked in red. Continue reading
Once again the sun shone on the Parkinson’s Park Children’s Gala as Guiseley Brass Band played and Professor Dan twisted his balloons into mermaids and entertained the children. A ‘flight’ of fairies flitted around the Park getting their faces painted for the Fancy Dress Competition – which was won by Harry Potter! ‘He’ said that it was great to win his second Children’s Gala!!
The Scarecrow family did think they too Continue reading