The River Ouse from the Millennium Bridge at Rowntree Park York.

The River Ouse from the Millennium Bridge at Rowntree Park York.  

The River Ouse and Rowntree Park

The River Ouse and Rowntree Park.  Swap the shrubs for mangroves & it does look similar to the Cooks River.

I received the following email & photographs from a Marrickville resident who thought it may be good for a Postcard from Elsewhere post.  It is. I haven’t changed the words. You can feel the excitement as you read.

“I’m in York on the River Ouse & so there are many trees & walks along side it from the city to the surrounding areas. They also have a very big park called Rowntree Park (the same Rowntree as the confectioners!).”

[Rowntree Park is a 30-acre park in York England managed by the City of York Council.]

It’s interesting because it reminds me a little of Marrickville – high density living on a river. (Except this is a city & an old city with LOTS of history – however it still reminds me of Marrickville!)

The park is big & extensive with lots of facilities – 2 kids playgrounds, an enclosed skate park, tennis courts, basket ball courts & even a table tennis table!

There are big ponds, manicured gardens as well as wilder spaces & an amphitheater space as well! The whole park is enclosed & the gates shut at 9.30pm, which I assume is a summer time as it’s still light then!

When I first walked through the park I thought – what a beautiful place!  Geese & ducks are plentiful & I also saw squirrels which were busy taking nuts up to the tree tops!  People were about.  The trees are very nice.  A bit too manicured for my liking, but less pruned than our places!  And there are also hedges.

A dead tree left in place for homes for wildlife.  Someone has carved a jester face in the trunk.

A dead tree left in place for homes for wildlife. Someone has carved a jester face in the trunk.

From the park, you cannot see through it.  There are sections & nature is used beautifully to enclose spaces.  Some places you have clear views & many other places are more screened with nature.  Also outside of the park there are still huge sections of green space along the river.

There are bike tracks galore as biking is very popular here & well catered for. On one side of the river there was a bike & footpath all along as well as a dirt track under the trees.  And all the walking folks were mostly walking under the trees on the well worn dirt track!  I think people gravitate to the extra bit of natural beauty & less concrete.

There are lots of bridges.  One was built in the year 2000 & is called the Millennium Bridge.  It takes you to one of the entrances to Rowntree Park. This bridge is significant because it’s for people only & has plenty of space for lots of people & bikes.  Along the bridge is also an inbuilt wooden sitting section so you can sit over the river & watch the world go by.  The couple of times I walked across there were families with bikes & couples & solo people as well – all out & about enjoying the afternoon.

10 minutes walk to the city/old town is an allotment area. T his is for people to have garden growing space!!!  It is on the same street as I’m on.

Oh oh oh oh !!! – STOP PRESS – I just spoke to the TREE WARDEN !!!! …. she looks out for the trees in this area.  If she notices anything she notifies council. e.g. – a hotel at the end of the street looked like it was going to chop down a big old tree.  She told council to come straight away, which they did.  They said the hotel had already damaged the roots & they were told they had to replace the tree. The hotel did so, but [the Tree Warden] said it was still a great loss & they replaced the big old tree with a couple of smaller ones.  [The Tree Warden] also said that these old trees are irreplaceable because they are old & beautiful & established.

Another example.  A tree had to be taken down from a property down the road.  The owner was an elderly woman who had lost her husband & so was needing more help.  I think [the Tree Warden] said they got the tree down & maybe even replaced it but they have not fixed the fence yet.  So [the Tree Warden] was going to get on to that so they fix it.

I got the impression that when trees are replaced they are not quite replacing with big stature trees.  But I’m not 100% sure of this.  [The Tree Warden] also said that unfortunately she doesn’t get to always save trees.  It sounds like she helps vastly!   She also said that old trees here are numbered & under preservation order which means they cannot or should not be chopped.”

‘Friends of Rowntree Park’ have a blog, which talks about the extensive community activities held in the park – http://rowntreeparkblog.wordpress.com

All photos are by our local resident with thanks. 🙂

Walking trails into areas less managed & more natural.  Something I know many would like along the Cooks River.

Walking trails into areas less managed & more natural. Something I know many would like along the Cooks River.

A concrete path of a walking track.  Looks like significant numbers choose the natural path.

A concrete path of a walking track. Looks like significant numbers choose the natural path.

Man-made lake offering another kind of activity for people, plus water for wildlife.

Man-made lake offering another kind of activity for people, plus water for wildlife.

A beautiful entrance to Rowntree Park.  Note the dog poo sign.

A beautiful entrance to Rowntree Park. Note hedge & the dog poo sign.

Another section of the lovely Rowntree Park. Lots of trees!

Another section of the lovely Rowntree Park. Lots of trees!

 

 

 

 

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