Yorkshire in Bloom – by Chris Parapia

Assessors Peter and Christine (in the middle) from the It’s Your Neighbourhood Category of Britain in Bloom

On Wednesday 11th July “Friends of Parkinson’s Park” was visited by “Yorkshire in Bloom” judges Peter and Christine  as part of the “Its Your Neighbourhood” initiative which has been established by the Royal Horticultural Society.

The judges were accompanied round Parkinson’s Park by Chris, Barbara and Josie and spent over an hour looking at the park, asking questions about the work we have done and our plans for the future.

We particularly concentrated on how we have involved the local community, including the developers, local council and councillors and how we had successfully recruited over 40 “Friends”

Josie outlined the different “planting” projects we had completed including the Jubilee Tree planting in March, the Wildflower Annuals in April, the transforming of the park entrances and our projects scheduled for the autumn.

Barbara was able to explain about the history of the park and her personal recollections of events which had taken place when Parkinson’s Park had been used by the local community when Crompton Parkinson’s had been a working factory and the involvement of local employees.

Chris explained how we had developed our plan for the regeneration of the Park and what we are hoping to achieve in the future. She also explained about issues such as anti social behaviour, litter pollution and dog fouling and how we were working with local community policing teams local council officers and the community to try to reduce the levels of such upsetting incidences.

The judges were very interested in all our efforts but were unable to give us any feedback as to how we had fared. So we will have to be patient and wait until September.

There will be an official Awards Event in September to be held in York and Barbara and Chris will be going along to represent the FOPP.

Watch this space for more information at the end of September!

About Jennifer Inskip Kirkby

Director and Vice Chair of Friends of Parkinson's Park CIC, Chair of Aireborough Neighbourhood Forum and Facilitator of Inskip One-Name Study. Has a degree in Local History (University of Cambridge), and Economics (University of Leeds). Now retired after a career as a Business Analyst and Advisor.
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