Latest Images
Ilkeston - No Mow Old Park
w/e 26 May 2024
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Nikon D3300

Erewash Borough Council is encouraging its residents to get involved with a campaign called "Wild About Erewash" which is all about promoting the benefits of rewilding the borough. Those benefits are listed as a) Improving health and wellbeing, b) Improving biodiversity and c) Reducing our carbon footprint. There is also the Plantlife Charity which is promoting "No Mow May" which calls for people to allow the grass to grow during the month to enable "wild plants get a head start on the summer". It's fair to say these campaigns have created a lot of debate on social media. All of the following images were taken in Chaucer Old Park.

'Illy 'Oleys

We regularly walk through the part of Chaucer Old Park bordering Cantelupe Road on our way to the town centre. This part of the park as I've said many times before is know by locals as 'Illy 'Oleys, a contraction of the hills and holes that were formed many years ago as a result of mineral extraction.

To record this photo as your favourite from this week's selection vote for "'Illy 'Oleys" below.
Towards Vincent Avenue

I don't ever remember though the grass being this long but I suspect all the wet weather of late has encouraged its growth. This is the view from the main path from Cantelupe Road looking towards the Vincent Avenue exit.

To record this photo as your favourite from this week's selection vote for "Towards Vincent Avenue" below.
Almost Touching

In parts the grass is so high and the branches of the trees so low that they are almost touching.

To record this photo as your favourite from this week's selection vote for "Almost Touching" below.
Play Area

The play area is surrounded by a sea of green gently swaying in the breeze.

To record this photo as your favourite from this week's selection vote for "Play Area" below.
Tunnel-like

The main path through the park towards the town centre leaves 'Illy 'Oleys and continues through a tree-lined section which, at this time of year, is almost like a tunnel as the branches from each side meet overhead.

To record this photo as your favourite from this week's selection vote for "Tunnel-like" below.
Chaucer Infant School

Within the area of Chaucer Old Park and in a hollow to the right of the main path is the first of two schools, Chaucer Infant School.

To record this photo as your favourite from this week's selection vote for "Chaucer Infant School" below.
Chaucer Junior School

The main path is crossed by another which, leads down the hill to the right to the second school, Chaucer Junior.

To record this photo as your favourite from this week's selection vote for "Chaucer Junior School" below.
To Old Churchyard

Returning to the intersection of the paths, a path in the opposite direction leads up to the old churchyard, now separated from St Mary's Church by Chalons Way, and out of Chaucer Old Park.

To record this photo as your favourite from this week's selection vote for "To Old Churchyard" below.
Former Orchard

Years ago the land to the left of this path was the orchard of Dalby House which is now the home of the Erewash Museum but this too of course, is separated from the museum by Chalons Way. Much of this wild area is not due to either the "Wild About Erewash" or "No Mow May" campaigns as it has been a semi-wilderness for years.

To record this photo as your favourite from this week's selection vote for "Former Orchard" below.
Wild Flowers

There has been much discussion about the campaigns but the results can be seen in the growth of the wild flowers. Whether you are for or against the policies, the results are undeniable. Me? I can see the benefits but I can also appreciate both sides of the argument. I could be persuaded either way but in true diplomatic mode, I'm still on the fence.

To record this photo as your favourite from this week's selection vote for "Wild Flowers" below.

Mille Banner
"Pick A Picture"

Johnny's

Favourite image last week was "Johnny's". To see previous favourites follow the "Pick A Picture" link below.
Last Week's Gallery 
Last Week's Gallery
The usual rule with polling is "One person - One vote." I try to apply the same rule to votes for this feature on the website. Only one vote from each ip address will be included in the final tally.
Thank you to the visitors since 24/02/02 
Sign my Guestbook from Bravenet.com Get your Free Guestbook from Bravenet.com

Site Navigation

Home
"Pick A Picture"
Weekly Favourites
Latest Images
Holidays &
Days Out
Special Features
The Guest Page
Archives
Site search Web search

powered by FreeFind
Jigsaw Puzzles
Recommended Links

Terms & Conditions of Use
This website is copyright but licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Licence.
Please credit the photographer Garth Newton, or add a link to these pages.