Ilkeston - In Victoria Park
w/e 26 October 2014
All this week's pictures were taken
with a Kodak DX6490
The summer bedding plants have all been removed from the Park
and new ones that have been planted at the main entrances at
both ends of Bristol Road are slowly being covered by fallen
We entered the Park at the Manners Road end and walked up the
path by the Bowling Green. Autumn colour was already visible
over to the right in this corner of the Park.
The path leads to a circular bed where the plants and shrubs
despite being past their best still looked attractive as they
come to the end of the flowering season.
The leaves on the plants in the border around the Duke Oak tree
are changing colour but are at various stages in the process.
The tail end of hurricane Gonzalo passed over the UK in the middle
of the week and no doubt helped bring down many of the leaves
in the Park which are now forming an almost continuous carpet
on the slope up to the Bandstand.
At the seats around Bandstand I was reminded of the exchange
between Guenevere and Arthur in the musical Camelot where she
says sarcastically "And I suppose the autumn leaves fall
in neat little piles" to which Arthur replies "Oh,
no, Milady. They blow away completely. At night, of course."
The Park has recently been the recipient of a grant from the
Heritage Lottery Fund which will enable the Bandstand to be refurbished.
Part of the funding has also been earmarked to return the central
beds to their original state and work has already started so
that it can been completed by the middle of 2015.
A notice on the fencing around the central bed gives a brief
description of the work that is being carried out.
Some people are under the misapprehension that the funding can
be used by Erewash Borough Council for anything but a solid case
had to be made for specific use of the money which will see several
projects get underway during the coming months. In the meantime
some sections like the fenced area around the central beds seen
here in the distance will be off limits to the general public.
One of those projects will see the refurbishment of the pergola
and designs for this work had to be submitted before the funding
New gates will be installed at the entrances to the Park and
again will be replicas of the original structures but the work
will only serve to enhance this much treasured part of the the
town. Despite all the work and projects to be undertaken it will
still be possible to find quiet corners like this one along the
edge of Drummond Road.