The bottom of the Park is wet with several spring emanating from the hillside. In this area is a good bank of willow trees some of the quite characterful, as well as traditional woodland edge shrubs such as rowans, blackthorns and hazel. In an amongst the trees are the foundations of the old Crompton Parkinson Tennis Pavilion, built in the 1940’s . At the north end is the bog garden, at the south end, the entrance to Edison Fields, and in the middle a wide ditch, made when earth was piled onto the old car park.
We’ve long had plans to regenerate this area of the Park by creating a Willow Adventure Walk here for children and young people, with an entertainment space for for story telling where the old pavilion was, and natural play willow and wood features along the walk.
Earlier this year we applied to the Co-op to be one of their 3 chosen groups for 2021/22, in order to raise funds for this project. We felt it was particularly important for the mental health of our young people to get them involved in creating this adventure walk, as well as using it. We recently heard we were successful.
How The Co-op Community Fund Scheme Works
For one year from October 2021, if you are a member of the Co-op (cost £1) when you buy selected Co-op products and services from the Guiseley store, 2p for every £1 spent goes into your membership account. If you choose a cause, the money goes there. If you don’t the money is split equally between the 3 local organisations and causes. For 2021/22 the three local causes for the Guiseley Co-op are
- Friends of Parkinson’s Park, Guiseley
- Memory Lane CIC, Yeadon
- Friends of High Royds Memorial Garden, Menston
All three organizations are seeking to improve the mental health in different groups, especially important at this current time given the decline that is being reported across all ages following the recent events of 2020/21.