Filed under: General — Bill @ 8:17 pm
Gardeners from Parks and Countryside were hard at work today creating yet another dazzling floral display in the flower beds around the Victoria Memorial. This morning, the beds were empty, but by lunchtime, they looked like this:
The gardeners are seen here carrying out the back-breaking work of putting in the summer bedding plants:
An ornamental flower garden has existed in this location since the early 1880s. Prior to the relocation of the Victoria Memorial from the city centre in 1937, the garden was known as the Adam and Eve Garden, after two statues nicknamed “Adam” and “Eve.” The picture below shows the garden in Edwardian times.
Filed under: General — Bill @ 7:39 pm
Letter sent today to the Yorkshire Evening Post:
Some people mistakenly refer to Woodhouse Moor as Hyde Park. This is very common amongst newcomers to the city who are unfamiliar with the area. Even the Yorkshire Evening Post in a recent article twice referred to the Moor as Hyde Park (“Park Life Runner ‘snaps’ views” – YEP 9.2.12). When mistakes like this appear in print, it encourages others to call the park “Hyde Park.” It legitimises a practice which, left unchecked, could ultimately lead to the loss of the name Woodhouse Moor, a name which evokes history and adds to the park’s character.
The name “Woodhouse Moor” dates back hundreds of years. The first part of the name is “Woodhouse” because the Moor was situated in the administrative area called Woodhouse which in former times included all of Hyde Park, North Hyde Park, Woodhouse, Little Woodhouse and Little London, i.e. all the land between the city centre and Headingley. The second part of the name is “Moor” because in those days Woodhouse Moor was a real moor covered in gorse. Like the other Leeds moors, it was common land, which meant that local people could use it for grazing their animals.
The name “Hyde Park” refers to the residential area to the north of Woodhouse Moor. One story is that the name originated in the early 1800s when a local farmer re-named his farm “Hyde Park Corner” to commemorate a visit he’d made to London. Another is that it dates from 1865 when the parish of St Augustine at Wrangthorn was formed. It’s said that following a walk along the new parish boundary, a parishioner remarked that the area looked just like Hyde Park in London, and the name stuck.
Over the years, local residents have successfully resisted numerous attempts to encroach on the Moor, and on each occasion, received invaluable assistance in the form of coverage in the Yorkshire Evening Post. Now we need the paper’s help again. By referring to the park only as Woodhouse Moor, the paper can ensure the continued use of that historic name, and prevent the disconnection of the park from its past. It would be a real shame if, after so many hundreds of years as Woodhouse Moor, the park were to be re-named now as a result of the carelessness of this generation. Whilst many cities have parks called Hyde Park, there is only one Woodhouse Moor.
Filed under: General — Bill @ 2:44 pm
The Moor was looking really beautiful this afternoon, on what felt like the hottest day of the year so far.
The flower beds next to the Victoria Memorialzxcvbn
Students enjoying the sunshinezxcvbnmb
Filed under: General — Bill @ 6:33 pm
Public spirited people from the company Premier Farnell cleaning and varnishing benches this afternoon in the area around the bowling greens.
They explained to me that their company allows them a day off every three months to do community work. Today it was our good fortune to have their help on the Moor. All the time I was there, they were working really hard scouring the benches with wire brushes and then varnishing them. While most of the staff were doing that, two ladies from the company were busy weeding a flower bed and tilling the soil.
Steve Clavering from Parks and Countryside coordinated everyone and supplied materials.
Filed under: General — Bill @ 6:04 pm
Hats off to Parks and Countryside for the hard work they do making the Moor look so good.
Filed under: General — Bill @ 6:41 pm
Leader of the the Council Keith Wakefield presents Woodhouse Moor’s head gardener John Egan with a framed photograph in recognition of his hard work over many years caring for Woodhouse Moor and helping to keep it the best looking park in the city. On the left of the photograph is the Council’s Chief Executive Tom Riordan, and on the right, Sue Buckle from Friends of Woodhouse Moor.
Filed under: General — Bill @ 6:52 pm
Photo courtesy of Yorkshire Post Newspapers
John Egan retired today after 40 years with Parks and Countryside. This major event was covered in today’s Yorkshire Evening Post.
Filed under: General — Bill @ 11:41 am
I met Dave and Ellie on the Moor yesterday. It had been snowing and they’d just finished building a snowman. I reckon it’s the best snowman I’ve ever seen.
Filed under: ASB,Byelaws,General,LCC — Bill @ 6:17 pm
These photographs were taken in late Spring 2009 and are evidence of the anti social behaviour that takes place regularly on Woodhouse Moor. How can Leeds City Council allow such behaviour when at page 27 of its Vision for Leeds 2004 to 2020, it claims :
Making Leeds Europe’s cleanest and greenest city is an important principle for our Vision and we will launch a project to improve pride in the city. The project will:
- draw together the actions of many organisations and businesses in Leeds to reduce litter, wastefulness and pollution;
- promote individual rights and responsibilities to tackle these problems;
- challenge those who create problems for others to solve;
- create a zero-tolerance culture – the council and the Environment Agency will work together to reduce litter, abandoned cars, graffiti, stray dogs and dog fouling;
- encourage big public-sector organisations like the council, universities, health service and private businesses to reduce waste, limit pollution and use natural resources much more efficiently; and
- improve the quality of and access to our local parks and green spaces.
Filed under: ASB,Barbeque consultation,Byelaws,General,LCC — Bill @ 9:42 am
The leader of the Labour group is calling for Leeds City Council to take action against those who damage the park through their anti social behaviour. In a letter to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Councillor Wakefield says that the council’s proposal to legalise barbeques sends out the wrong message. The council is effectively saying to potential lawbreakers that Leeds City Council will reward them by changing the law to make their activities legal. Councillor Wakefield is calling for there to be strong leadership on the issue of barbeques, and for the existing byelaws to be enforced.