Ilkeston - Park Cemetery
w/e 21 March 2021
All of this week's
pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
It may sound a little morbid but I've been to Park
Cemetery many times for several different reasons. I've been
to funerals, to take flowers or wreathes to the graves of family
members, to Open Days organised by the Friends of Park Cemetery
and Christmas Concerts in one of the chapels as fundraisers for
the same group. I've even walked through the cemetery on a Walking
For Health route but this time, instead of visiting the usual
parks and gardens, traffic islands and Council flower beds, on
this walk I was on the lookout for daffodils.
At the main entrance to the cemetery in front of the twin chapels,
are two circular beds and daffodils are flowering in both.
On one of the circular beds a board installed at the instigation
of the Friends group - there's another near the entrance at the
other side of the cemetery - includes photographs and a little
bit of the history of the cemetery.
Both circular beds can be seen here with the information board
on the near one. The War Memorial stands beyond the other bed
and in the distance outside the cemetery on 'Illy 'Oleys, a narrow
strip of yellow on the grass (between the Memorial and the Board)
denotes more daffodils planted a few years ago by pupils from
Chaucer Junior School.
Despite numerous visits to the cemetery there are still areas
of it where I have not been previously. This time I decided to
walk around the perimeter path for much of the way which took
me down the hill to one of the areas near the lowest part of
At this time of year of course many floral tributes in the cemetery
are mainly of daffodils but I was searching for natural looking
beds like this one on the grassy bank.
At the same place but on the other side of the path there was
another bed of smaller daffodils behind a strategically positioned
At this lower point were many more clumps of daffodils scattered
around the area.
More flowers were growing naturally near the lower entrance where
a notice indicated that this area was for "Natural Burials".
I continued around the perimeter path and started the climb back
up to the chapels along the path that now runs adjacent to Cantelupe
Road across from 'Illy 'Oleys.
For weeks now during the pandemic, I've been walking the same
streets in the town so this walk, as part of my daily exercise
was not morbid at all despite its location and the sight of spring
flowers like these adjacent to the Cantelupe Road fence made
it much more enjoyable.