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 apples in the orchard are ripening nicely, but they are not yet ready for picking. The majority of the varieties need another month or so to mature – and we could do with some sun. If you look in our orchard trail (download here) you will find the ideal picking dates for each type. Also whether the apple is a dessert fruit or better for cooking.
Unfortunately some apples have lost their labels during the year, so we need to renew them. Others we have still to confirm their identity.
We are having an apple day on 20th October; more information to follow later.
Above from left to right Charlestown Pippin a dessert apple, Balsam, which can be a dessert or cooker apple, and an Egremont Russet, another dessert fruit.
Despite the rain, there was a good attendance of new Friends and old. The Dinosaur Trail was especially popular with the children; as was the ever entertaining Professor Dan who worked his magic as he dodged the showers. For the adults there was an excellent display from Guiseley Camera Club, and the launch of the new 2020 Aireborough Historical Society Calendar. Guiseley Brass Band lent a Yorkshire flavour to the afternoon, thankful that this year they had their smart new gazebo to sit under.
Well done once again to the organizing committee, all the helpers and the sponsors.
Now, if you look very carefully you will find that some of the dinosuars are still around. !!
This is NOT an official notice that has been put up by either owners Bellway, Management Company Meadfleet, or the Friends of Parkinson’s Park. In line with Leeds BYELAWS FOR PLEASURE GROUNDS, PUBLIC WALKS AND OPEN SPACES, which the Park has adopted, cycling is not allowed unless there is a designated route – there are no such designated routes. Anyone injuring themselves on a cycle would not be covered by any public liability insurance, thus this sign is very misleading and dangerous.
16. No person shall without reasonable excuse ride a cycle in the ground except in any part of the ground where there is a right of way for cyclesor on a designated route for cycling
If people want to create insect hibernaculum they are welcome to do so, and should contact the Friends first to make arrangements.
“The Tales Told festival kicked off in truly chaotic style today 22nd June, and we’re here to give you a little warning for the end of our festival!”
“On the 29th June between 8-10pm we’re having our annual Festival Finale extravaganza at Parkinsons Park! A fantastic evening of family fun and good vibes that will come to a spectacular climax by Optimum Fireworks!”
“Between 10-10:15pm there will be a short but explosive firework display… just a heads up! Can you help us out by spreading the word far and wide so everyone who needs to know knows?? Thanks pals!”