A recent comment on a Guiseley related Facebook page bemoaned the lack of green space in Guiseley, and the paltry nature of the ‘one bench’ that was in Parkinson’s Park. Well, the Park now has three benches (and one tree log): the latest addition was installed by our local crack ‘men who can’ team at the end of July
The bench is partly made from the sycamore trees that used to stand near the cafe on Ilkley Moor. It was made by Paul Whittaker, project managed by Andy Cheetham, installed by Paul, Andy, Steve Megson and Martyn Hornsby-Smith, and kindly funded by Cllrs, Latty, Latty and Wadsworth – who also funded the bench at the ‘sheefold’ entrance, where Joanna Brooks is establishing a shaded wildflower area.
We have put it at a ‘confluence’ of paths, in what is known as ‘the butterfly’ area; Darren Shepherd noticed that the lower part of Clapper Brow has a great number of butterflies in summer, feeding off the wild flowers. It is also a sunny, sheltered area, with good views up to Rombalds Moor, and it is situated where the path up from the Bellway Estate, will meet the long distance path that crosses the bottom of the Park, as well as the path from the woods and the one down Clapper Brow. It is also, very near the site of an old bench from the Crompton Parkinson days, as can be seen from this picture of Esme Dibb, Ethel Pickles, and Joyce Greenwood from the early 1960’s – so what used to be used by the factory workers for lunch and residents for evening ‘chats’, will hopefully now be used by the estate residents.