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.
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
The Ark Display team who installed the boards.
Parkinson’s Park had the first Guiseley heritage interpretation boards put up today (23rd August 2018), the culmination of a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee heritage project sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund and run by Jennifer Kirkby and Barbara Winfield of FOPP.
For the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee FOPP received Continue reading
We continue with the Crompton Parkinson’s tradition of an annual Children’s Gala in the Park – this year is the sixth Gala run by FOPP, and will be attended by the Lord and Lady Mayoress of Leeds.
The theme will be Fairy Tales, so get out those Aesop’s Fables, Hans Christian Anderson, Brother’s Grimm, or Traditional English, Irish, Scottish Welsh or Yorkshire Tales for inspiration. We want to see a Park full of dwarfs, sprites, boggarts, dragons, lost souls, mermaids, giants, unicorns, witches, warlocks, trolls, goblins, fairy godmothers, talking toys, fantastic beasts, questing heroes, and inquisitive heroines.
Residents who attended the Tales Told Festival March to the Stars event on Saturday had a ‘magical time’. Quotes include
“..fab evening! It was like a scene from ‘The Darling Buds of May’ and it was delightful!” Continue reading
The Tales Told Finale “March to the Stars” will be held in Parkinson’s Park on Saturday 30th June, organized by Codswallop CIC, who run the Tales Told Festival.
There will be a lantern parade from Guiseley Theatre at 7.30pm. Then, at 8pm in the Park will be a variety of stalls, games and entertainers including live musicians. The event will finish with up to 10mins of fireworks at 10pm, by the professional company who have done the display in the Park before.
There is a map on how to get to the Park here. Continue reading