Ilkeston - Victoria Park As Summer Comes To An End
w/e 10 September 2006
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490


If you care to look into the Archives section of Ilkeston Cam, you'll find a number of images of Victoria Park at various times throughout the year. But after a scorching July and a changeable August I thought, as high pressure moved over the UK this weekend, it would be a good time to capture a few images in the park before the summer finally ends. We'll start with this selection of trees as seen on the Bristol Road side of the park. A number of trees in the park form a trail each with an identification post giving details of its variety and origin. The tree to the right of the image is shown to be a purple-leaved plum from Iraq.

Standing 'neath a spreading chestnut tree on the other side of the park the eye is drawn to one of the park's focal points - the bandstand. The park commemorates the 60th Anniversary of Queen Victoria’s accession in 1897 and it was a gift to the people of Ilkeston from the Duke of Rutland.

Victoria Park covers eight acres and from the bandstand which is situated at the top of a slope, there is a good overview of the formal gardens. This picture will probably remind 'The Sound Of Music' aficionados of Liesl and Rolf's duet 'Sixteen Going On Seventeen'.
Flower Beds

The formal flower beds are looking particularly colourful in the early September sunshine as this closer view shows. Old photographs of the park show the flower beds to be bordered by small hedges.
Oak Tree

Also overlooking the formal gardens and the flower beds like the bandstand, is one of the largest trees in the park - a mighty oak. The tree was planted when the Duke of Rutland opened the park over a hundred years ago on 28 August 1902.
Autumn Fruits

But despite the summery appearance of the park in most of these images, there are reminders everywhere that the seasons are about to change. Acorns and fallen leaves from the oak nestle in the grass; conkers on the horse-chestnut tree will soon be harvested by eager youngsters and beneath some of the shrubs in the borders, the conditions are proving ideal for fungi. Autumn fruits are signalling the end of summer.

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