Queens Park opened up to the public in the late nineteenth century and has served the folk to the east side of town since then. On summers evening it is a calming place to walk and take in nature despite being so close, indeed part of, busy suburbia.
My Great Grandfather was one of the two joint Park Keepers when it was opened to all back in the day. My grandfather played in the park, as would have my dad and subsequently my brother and myself. It is something that has been a constant in my life.
One of the disappointments about the park is, despite folk’s best efforts, the pond. It is constantly full of duckweed, which does the pond itself no favours. Duckweed causes problems for growth in a pond, corrupting not only a food source in plants, but starving a pond of some oxygen. A local ranger also told me that when people feed the ducks bread, it naturally attracts Seagulls and Herring Gulls. They in turn excrete by the pond and this ends up in the water. Its fertilising effect causes the duckweed to grow rapidly.
So, if you like the pictures, and want to visit, please do. Just DON’T FEED THE DUCKS!