Illustrated Talk on Bradford Parks by David Elcock
We were treated to an extremely interesting and informative presentation by David on some of the 36 parks maintained by Bradford, including their history and future plans.
The origin of the park came from the monasteries where the monks grew plants for food and herbs for medicines. Over time, they disappeared and private parks were built by the landed gentry which later were gifted to the public by philanthropists or bought by local councils for recreational use for the people.
One of the parks described by David is Lister (or Manningham) Park, one of Bradford’s largest parks, originally owned by the mill-owning Lister family. The park has seen extensive renovations with money from the heritage lottery and in 2006 it was awarded Britain’s Best Park. Its features include a man-made boating lake, Mughal Water gardens, botanical gardens and Cartwright Hall, a purpose built Art Gallery.
Another park we learnt about was Saltaire (or Robert’s) Park by the model village built by Sir Titus Salt. This too has benefited from heritage lottery funding.
|The Llamas, Statue of Titus Salt and the river|
|The renovated bandstand, the park in spring and the boathouse cafe|
Other parks mentioned were Cliff Castle, soon to be given a face lift, and Oakworth Hall with its man-made stone tunnels – both in Keighley, Bradford’s first municipal park, Peel Park, Haworth Central Park and the latest park, in Bradford City Centre, the Mirror Pool which is illuminated at night.
|Margaret’s cyclamen coum|
Gill brought a small pot of examples of plants in flower in her garden this week, including rosemary, iris lazica, the snowflake Leucojum, pulmonaria, snowdrop, Ipheion 'Wisley Blue' and Hepatica nobilis Rubra.
Gill also brought an attractive basket of spring flowers comprising : cyclamen coum, iris, euphorbia Tasmanian Tiger, variegated wallflower and tête à tête daffodils.
Dates for your Diary
Next Meeting: 6th March – Greatest gardening disasters/Plants I wish I had never grown plus a plant-related Quiz. See previous post about displaying a slide of the plant(s) you wish to discuss.
Plant Sale, for which members are asked to pot up and bring in any plants they have spare, and the Spring Show (full details on the Paxton main website https://sites.google.com/site/paxtonhorticulturalsocietycouk/Home
The plight of the Watford Allotments which the council wishes to build on was brought to our attention and if you wish to add your name to the petition please click here https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/protect-all-allotments
More locally, Inkwell allotment in Chapel Allerton which is a resource for people with mental health issues is under threat of purchase by a private buyer for the building of private housing.