Bramcote Hills Park - The Walled Garden
w/e 14 January 2018
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

During 2017 we visited many local parks but Bramcote Hills was not one of them so when we decided to return for this set of images the visit was probably long overdue. And for the visit we concentrated on the area around the Walled Garden.

Bramcote Hills Park - Walled Garden

A board at the end of the car park included a map and also listed ten salient points. One of these was in fact the car park itself but that still left nine others worth a closer look. Another is number seven on the map but this appears twice at each end on the garden and we will see more of the wall and decorative arch later at the far end but before we walked along the path into the garden we looked across to number two, the Dairy Cottage.

Dairy Cottage

PlaqueCrestAll that remains of the Dairy Cottage is small wall indicating the footprint of the building but the plaque (left) on the high wall behind says that "A sustainable garden has been created here within the foundations of the Dairy Cottage, which was demolished in the 1990s. The garden has been built using reclaimed materials and feature plants chosen for drought tolerance and wildlife value."

The cottage had two steel Sherwin Gregory family crests (above right) above the windows and these have now been incorporated into the new wall either side of the archway entrance into the Walled Garden.
Sundial Maze

Passing through the arch the first point of interest in the Walled Garden is the Sundial Maze. Another board here explains how to play the maze by trying to reach the centre without crossing the red lines or passing certain numbered points in order. It also indicates that by standing on the clock in the centre it is possible to tell the time by seeing where your shadow falls. On this cloudy day I would have been standing there a long time waiting for my shadow to appear!
Ornamental Garden

Point number four on the map is the ornamental garden in the centre of the Walled Garden. The Walled Garden was created about 1850, was formally laid out and rectangular in shape but the maze and ornamental garden as we see them today were not part of the original layout although they were typical of the period.
Ice House

On the hillside above the ornamental garden is the entrance to the Ice House where ice collected during the winter months from frozen rivers and ponds would be stored for use during the summer at the nearby Bramcote House, seat of the family estate.
Original Wall

Between the hillside and the Walled Garden an original wall along its eastern boundary has now been restored. The Bramcote Hills estate was created in 1800 and the house built in 1805, the Walled Garden following as already noted in 1850. The estate was acquired by the local council in 1950 but after being neglected for many years after the war the house was demolished in 1966. Its footprint still exist elsewhere in what is now Bramcote Hills Park.
New Wall & Arch

Unlike the wall at number six on the map the walls numbered seven with the decorative brick arches at either end of the Walled Garden are new additions.
Gardener's Cottage

Re-entering the Walled Garden and looking across to the right the footprint of another cottage, Gardener's Cottage can be seen. This like Dairy Cottage was one of the original estate buildings and before its demolition was more recently used by Broxtowe Borough Council's Leisure Services Division.
Footpath Network

The footprint of Gardener's Cottage can also be seen on the right of this image which shows the new footpath network shown on the map at number nine.
Hemlock Stone

And at number ten is the Holocaust Memorial seen here with a backdrop of Stapleford Hill with the sandstone outcrop known as the Hemlock Stone which legend suggest was thrown here by a giant.
Holocaust Memorial

The Holocaust Memorial is a sculpture called The Refugee by Naomi Blake who as a plaque sunk into the ground in front of the sculpture says was "a survivor of Auschwitz."

Four Plaques

The wording on the plaque is repeated on one of four more that are placed at intervals in a semi-circle around the memorial. From left to right the plaques read as follows:

We live in a world which we might despair. A world wherein the words "Peace", "Justice", "Love", "Care", "Compassion", "Tolerance", "Understanding", "Trust", and "Friendship" are in the vocabulary of all, but not in the experience of enough people.

We remind ourselves that the duty to uphold the values of humanity are shared equally by everyone. Looking back, we look forward to make a world free of intolerance and pain.

The Refugee by Naomi Blake. This sculpture was created by Naomi Blake, a survivor of Auschwitz in memory of 6,000,000 Jews murdered by the Nazis because of who they were. Among them 1,500,000 children who never could share their gift of life with the world.

This garden is dedicated to millions of victims of oppression, torture, mass death and genocide. We mourn their loss as our loss and that of all humanity.

Holocaust Memorial Day is January 27th and a ceremony to mark the event is held in the Walled Garden each year. This year 2018 will mark the 18th such ceremony.

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