Monthly Archives: May 2013

19 May 2013

Wild flower

You may have noticed the wild flowers growing in the park.  They are known as Lady’s Smock or Cuckoo Flower.  Some people also call them Milkmaids.

The formal name for the flower is Cardamine pratensis – pratensis is Latin for “meadow.”  They are part of the Brassicaceae family, and actually a close relative to cabbage.  According to the Wildlife Trust, Lady’s Smock are found in damp grassland.  They flower from April to June.

Grass path

You get a good view when walking along the grass path – so simple yet effective


12 May 2013

The friends of the park are making good progress with a grant application to WREN to fund further improvements in the park.  An important aspect of this was the recent public consultation, during which 120 people filled in our questionnaire.  Based on the results we have adapted our plans as follows:

  • The wheelchair accessible roundabout and refurbishment of the main entrance were fully supported and remain on the plan;
  • The existing trim trail will be refurbished to make it usable again, with no plans to extend it;
  • Despite the majority supporting the idea of a MUGA play wall, we have not been able to come up with a solution that will address the concerns raised by local residents and so it has been dropped from the plan.

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects.  Most of its money comes from landfill tax.