Residents Wishing Everyone More Love and Joy

Lots of activity over the last weeks to improve the look of the Park and bring more joy to those who use it. The Park is not Council owned, it belongs to Bellway Homes. Meadfleet do basic maintenance in conjunction with Friends of Parkinson’s Park, whilst FOPP and local residents come together to try and make the Park special with the aim of looking after our heritage, and bringing joy to all.

In November the Nethercliffe working party of local residents worked on improving their entrance; which hopefully will soon have spring bulbs and early spring flowers from Celandines to Willow catkins and Backthorn blossom.

In January, FOPP and Meadfleet cleared more of Crooklands Orchard so that more varieties of local heritage fruit trees can be planted for the Queen’s Green Canopy – a Platinum Jubilee Project. With luck, the fine display of Daffodils by the wall should now be more visible in March and April

In the same vein, a residents’ Hillside working party is clearing Jubilee Walk of briars so that more wild fruit and berry trees can be planted in the Autumn by local Girl Guides for the Green Canopy. And, when the winds blew down some hawthorn onto Kelcliffe Lane near the entrance the other week, it was cleared by a group from FOPP with the help of local residents.

A new bench, donated by a local family, is due to go in so the view over the Guiseley Gap can be admired in comfort later this year, and work has been done to clear an area ready.

Area Being Prepared For a New Bench

The Park, as many will know, get’s very muddy and slippy in winter and wet weather, so when we can get hold of woodchip and manpower we spread it on the paths – some more was added in the wet on Saturday.

The Leeds 2023, Yarns Well Spun art project, run by Abi James of Daisy Croft Crafts, has beautifully decorated the Natter Bench with hearts and flowers for Valentine Day.

Valentines is also celebrated by a whole host of local residents who have made hearts to brighten up the dull weather and put them on the Celebration tree and the Farm Gate.

More and more people are now taking on different areas to look after and decorate them. If you’d like to join us email

With love from all of us to all of you on Valentine Day 2022.

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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