Parkinson's Park and COVID-19

Sorry to send another email on the subject of the virus, but this is an update on FOPP’s response.

We have decided to leave all the gates open, so that people can walk in without touching latches – Martyn Hornsby Smith has done an excellent job for us.

Please keep the gates open – for now.

The Park is an important place for local people to exercise and get out into the fresh air – spring is in the air and everything is budding. A group of wood anemones is now out in a sheltered part of the wood, the apple tree buds are swelling, and the blackthorn is flowering. Please do keep to the rules on social distancing and make sure children know to do the same.

Wood Anemones on a sunny bank in the wood

Please take care if you sit or touch the seats – at the moment they are being well used by ‘groups’ of young people which is of concern. If you want to sit please take precautions – the metal ones could be given a wipe if you have one to hand. And/or make sure you sanitise your own hands after using the seats.

The message on social distancing is still not getting through to a number of people – so we have decided that we all need to reinforce this important requirement. With that in mind the Great British Spring Clean and the VE Day Picnic will now not take place in any form.

Local children are doing rainbow pictures and putting them in their windows. We’d also like to put up a display in the Park notice board. Since the story of Noah, the rainbow has been important iconography for hope and grace. If you or a child would like to contribute to the display please email your picture to We’ll print it out and put it up.

Rainbow over Kelcliffe Field on the First Day of School 2006

Lastly, if you have Facebook, then we are encouraging people to use it to share photographs of what they see in the Park on their solo walks. This is for everyone but especially those who are having to stay at home through social isolation.

Please stay safe. From all at the FOPP team.

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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