6 Feb 2019

A walk in the park


After going to the library in the park I often walk through the walled garden to the wildlife garden.  
There's still a lot to see during the Winter months.



Since this information on a board was written the wildlife garden has continued to develop as the various volunteer groups, the park rangers and the council work together to make it a place that will encourage wild life activity.  The pond has been maintained and kept clean, a stumpery has been created and the local school children continue to visit and gain from the learning experience.
As I walked quietly around I saw squirrels out-and-about again and quite a few birds, especially robins, flitting around.  Volunteers are usually around clearing and digging so I expect the robins are attracted to what grubs can be found in the disturbed soil.









a mill stone and a small seat made from a tree trunk 

The Stumpery

A stumpery was a popular feature in a large Victorian garden influenced by the Romantic Movement.
It traditionally consists of tree stumps arranged upside down, upright or on their sides.  Ferns and hostas were usually planted around the stumps. 




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I hope your week is going well,
Linda :)

28 comments:

  1. A stumpery...hmm. We could easily create a stumpery in our yard. Looks like a nice walk...
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    1. Glad you enjoyed the walk in the wildlife garden area :)

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  2. since I am rather fond of stumps, I like the stumpery, but must say I have never heard of or seen one until today... the garden is lovely even in winter and I can see how beautiful it will be when spring comes....

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    1. The small woodland is one of my favourite areas in the park.

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  3. We went to Tesco this morning and watched some wildlife. Rats seems the live in the shrubber between the supermaket and a new houseing estate being bult next door, Glad I,m not living there. Your wildlife area seems much more apealing to visit

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    1. That sounds unpleasant, Bill. Seeds are left for the birds and squirrels, but only in small quantities and the wildlife garden is regularly kept clean and in order by the park staff and volunteers.

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  4. This is such a delightful post Diane. I would absolutely love to walk through there. The volunteers have some a great job over the years. I've unwittingly created a stumpery in our garden... hubby had to remove a couple of trees (root problems) and instead of heavy lifting I asked if he could just move them to my little side garden and I have ferns growing around them now! I love the shots of the bird on the fairy house and the squirrel, also the artwork is beautiful. xx

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    1. Piles of tree branches, logs and tree stumps create a good environment for all sorts of wildlife. I think the fairy house is a hedgehog shelter. There's another in the walled garden. I'm sure your stumpery looks lovely.

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  5. Beautiful awakening of the flowers and mosses. I love it. I'd love to walk in your park.

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    1. The park is an open public place that everyone can enjoy and the wildlife garden tucked away in a quiet corner is one of my favourite areas to visit.

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  6. It always amazes me to go exploring outdoors in winter. It is amazing what can be found. It looks like you founds some wonderful sights. I love seeing the snowdrops in bloom. The stumps in the garden is a great idea, I must remember that. Thanks for sharing this special place.

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    1. When I can't go out into the countryside a large park is a good place to walk.
      There's always something to see in the natural surroundings and it's a relaxing environment.

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  7. Looks like a beautiful walk and really did admire the stumpery, a simple but very effective addition to the garden.

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    1. It's interesting to see the stumpery develop. I expect the ferns will soon shoot up to give it a softer, natural look. I noticed that the old sculptured head that was in the walled garden has been placed in the stumpery and I think it adds interest.

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  8. Nice place. You can find a lot of Nature even in a city park...the squirrel is lovely but so are the flowers. Enjoy your walks!

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    1. We are spoilt for choice with parks in different areas of our city and it's always enjoyable to take a walk in one of them.

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  9. What a lovely place to spend an afternoon. I rather like the three birds, aren't they colourful.

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    1. It's good to see the school children getting involved and the bird paintings look very natural displayed on the fences. (There are another three on the opposite fence).

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  10. What a lovely garden. It's nice to see that the community, especially schoolchildren, are involved in its maintenance and that they're able to learn about the world around them from their experience.

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    1. Most of the local schools involved in the wildlife garden project are situated in areas where there are green spaces, but the one next the park only has a school yard. The park must be a good resource for exercise and learning about nature.

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  11. Lovely blue skies for your walk in the park and how lovely to be accompanied by squirrels and robins. The library building looks interesting and I like the stumpery they have them in two local parks and gardens around here. the colourful birds are wonderful too. No blue skies here today too much rain and wind:)

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    1. The weather is so changeable! Today the rain is beating against the windows and it looks very windy out there. Definitely a day to stay indoors as I'm not an all-weather walker. I'm glad that I've been to the library, collected one or two reserved books and also got the book that I ordered recently from the bookshop. I shall enjoy some reading today.

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  12. Oh i absolutely LOVED this walk and park is so awesome !

    i really appreciate these cherished images you captured so beautifully ,so much to see and enjoy indeed

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  13. What a lovely post! Wonderful to have a library and a wildlife garden, result! I always think wildlife is more visible in the winter. I wonder what bulb that cute squirrel has dug up? So many features in this wildlife garden.xxx

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    1. A visit to the library and then a walk around the different areas of the park is something I do whenever I can. xxL

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  14. Dear Linda,

    Looks like a lovely walk home from the library and thanks for taking us along.
    The stumpery is a great idea and love the thought of planted with ferns and hostas. The squirrel is cute too.
    Have a great new week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Thank you Carolyn. Have a lovely week. xxL

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Thank you for your kind comment which is much appreciated. Have a lovely day.