Spring has arrived and Easter will soon be here: to celebrate we have several events we hope you will enjoy. We’ll firstly be asking everyone to help decorate the Easter Tree, then there will be an Easter Trail for the children, followed by a Dawn Chorus Walk later in the month.
The Silver Birch at the top of the Park has become our seasonal ‘celebration tree’. Over Easter, add your own colourful Easter Egg decorations and ribbons. There’s a crochet Easter egg pattern here but painted, knitted, or other crafts are very welcome. We will have some wooden eggs to decorate in the Easter goody bags linked to the Easter Trail (see below).
As the Valentine hearts come down , we are very pleased to announce that to celebrate Spring and life stirring again in nature Codswallop CIC will be running some Day in The Wood children’s educational self guided activities to do during daily exercise during March. More information to follow from them.
THEN, as Easter approaches The Park will be preparing for the Easter Bunny .
Lots to look forward to.
And you may find this map handy to find the places to watch out for different natural events taking place in the different areas of the Park.
Friends of Parkinson’s Park have decided to publish a 2023 Calendar using the photographs that are left on our Facebook page, as well as any other received. The bank of pictures on Facebook is growing, with lovely photos of the seasons; the activities, the landscape and the events – not to forget the ecology, so we thought we’d put them to good use.
However, not everyone has or uses Facebook, so if people email their photos to email@example.com we can put them on Facebook for other to enjoy and add them to the potential calendar collection.
Early next year (2022) we’ll start the process of choosing the photos for the Calendar by asking people to vote for the ones they like best (we’ll do this in a variety of ways). There will be a prize for the most popular.
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The displays are now up in the Park to add your own ‘heart’ for Valentine’s week 7-14th February. We have craft hearts on the Farm Gate in a cheerful, welcome display, wooden hearts can be added to the decorative ‘missing you’ tree, and painted stones can join the line of the Parkinson’s Python in the top copse.
The Butterfly Bench nestles in a sheltered spot just below Clapper Brow Wood above the Edison Fields Entrance; the old wooden bench had got rather worn and was collapsing, so we reluctantly took it down. Then, we had a very kind offer of a replacement from the the brethren of Harewood Masonic Lodge, Westbourne House, Otley, which we accepted: a shiny new bench is now in place, one of the four new benches in the Park.
For many decades the spot in the Park near the Kelcliffe Lane Gate, that looks towards the summer setting sun has been a popular place for peace and contemplation. It is an historic ‘memory’ spot known by some older residents as ‘Old Man’s Corner’ where there was a bench in a strange triangular stone walled enclosure – now gone. Back in 2012 we replaced the previous Parkinson bench with a new wooden one, but sadly this irreparably collapsed early in 2020 just before the first Lockdown.
The bench has been sorely missed, so we are more than delighted to announce that a new bench has now been installed with the help of Ben and Lucyanne Harris. The bench is dedicated to their young son Freddie who was one of twins born in December 2013, but who returned to the angels a few days later. Freddie’s sister is now a lively 7 year old enjoying the sledging in the Park.