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Old March 30th, 2012, 11:33 PM   #101
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Exhibition Park

Those of you with long memories may recall the steam trains that once ran in the Exhibition Park behind the "Museum of Science and Engineering"
Well they're running again on the 1st & 2nd of April thanks to the "Tyneside Society of Model & Experimental Engineers"

See their web site for more details http://www.tsmee.co.uk/page1.php

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Old March 31st, 2012, 10:51 AM   #102
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Here is a photo of Newcastle photographer Jim Perry riding on the Exhibition Park Steam Train, back in the day . . .




The above photo was taken from the Evening Chronicle article, quoted on 'Post 2783' of 29th March 2012, on the Historic Newcastle thread.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2783

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Old March 31st, 2012, 11:28 AM   #103
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Those of you with long memories may recall the steam trains that once ran in the Exhibition Park behind the "Museum of Science and Engineering"
Well they're running again on the 1st & 2nd of April thanks to the "Tyneside Society of Model & Experimental Engineers"

See their web site for more details http://www.tsmee.co.uk/page1.php

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Great stuff Chris - I had wondered if the model railway set up was still used and now I know
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Old April 9th, 2012, 11:03 AM   #104
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Volunteers transform land into community allotment
by Kate Proctor, The Journal, April 9th 2012


A TEAM of green-fingered volunteers hoping to encourage city-dwellers to grow their own food are transforming a plot of land into a community allotment. Land at Hoults Yard has been given to new Newcastle environmental organisation Guerrilla Greengrocer free of charge by yard owner and businessman Charlie Hoult.

Over the next year the group hope to kickstart a local growing revolution by developing other disused plots of land into City Gardens.

Rob Stenhouse, co-founder of Guerilla Greengrocer, said: “We’ve been given a quarter of an acre for free which we’re really pleased about. It’s an amazing space. It’s ex-industrial land and needs a lot of work, but we hope we can develop it and any surplus of what’s grown will go back into the Hoults Yard cafe.”

Gardener Diana Martindale will oversee the allotment’s planting with the help of Guerilla Greengrocer’s growing legion of volunteers. “We’ve got about 50 people now who all work for free and share the same ideas on growing food and self-sufficiency,” said Rob, 26, originally from Wark, Northumberland.”


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Old April 12th, 2012, 03:41 PM   #105
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While "City Gardens" are not the same thing as "Pocket Parks", I have also Indexed City Gardens under "P" for Pocket Parks, as people searching for one (whichever) are likely to also be interested in the other (!)
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Old April 12th, 2012, 03:43 PM   #106
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Time to show Gateshead's hidden beauty to the world
by Tony Henderson, The Journal, April 12th 2012


A NEW strategy seeks to improve life for the 36,000 people who live in what are classed as the rural parts of Gateshead. The blueprint, An Economic Strategy for Rural Gateshead, is the first of its kind to be drawn up by the local council. More than half of Gateshead is made up of green and open spaces, including the upper tidal reaches of the Tyne around Ryton and the large Derwent Valley area.

The strategy is focussing on bringing the “green” Gateshead to a wider audience , boosting tourism and the food and drink sector and making best use of all of the resources already in the rural economy. Marketing the rural attractions of Gateshead, such as the National Trust’s Gibside estate, plays a part in the strategy while efforts will also be made to attract new developments, including a major hotel. Support will be given to investigate the feasibility of food and drinks-related businesses, such as farmers’ markets and micro-breweries.

The strategy covers Ryton, Crookhill and Stella; Chopwell and Rowlands Gill; Crawcrook and Greenside; Winlaton and High Spen; Whickham South and Sunniside; Clara Vale; Lamesley and Kibblesworth.


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Old May 12th, 2012, 04:20 PM   #107
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Fenham Allotment Holders anger at early council work
by Rachel Wearmouth, Evening Chronicle, May 12th 2012


Gardeners in Fenham who are unhappy with the council

ANGER has grown among evicted allotment holders after council diggers arrived ahead of schedule. Newcastle City Council is planning to extend West End Cemetery on to the site of Denton Bank Allotments, in Fenham, as part of a s1.5m scheme to make space for graves in the city. Plotholders were informed they had until the end of May to remove their shrubs, vegetables and garden furniture to a new site across the road.

However, relations turned sour yesterday when council contractors began work early without telling plotholders who still had items at the site. Retired lecturer George Groom, 64, of Coldstream Road, Denton Burn, is a member of the Denton Bank Allotment Association. He said: We are very, very annoyed the council hasnt had the decency to inform us. People have still got flagstones, glass, tunnels and sheds here all sorts, we are in the process of moving from old to new allotments.

It was initially agreed that we would be off the site by the end of this month, then today without any notification they have sent in a JCB and our ways in are blocked. We are nearing the end, we have been clearing up but we havent removed everything.


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Old May 12th, 2012, 05:32 PM   #108
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Fenham Allotment Holders anger at early council work
by Rachel Wearmouth, Evening Chronicle, May 12th 2012

Gardeners in Fenham who are unhappy with the council

ANGER has grown among evicted allotment holders after council diggers arrived ahead of schedule. Newcastle City Council is planning to extend West End Cemetery on to the site of Denton Bank Allotments, in Fenham, as part of a s1.5m scheme to make space for graves in the city. Plotholders were informed they had until the end of May to remove their shrubs, vegetables and garden furniture to a new site across the road.

However, relations turned sour yesterday when council contractors began work early without telling plotholders who still had items at the site. Retired lecturer George Groom, 64, of Coldstream Road, Denton Burn, is a member of the Denton Bank Allotment Association. He said: We are very, very annoyed the council hasnt had the decency to inform us. People have still got flagstones, glass, tunnels and sheds here all sorts, we are in the process of moving from old to new allotments.

It was initially agreed that we would be off the site by the end of this month, then today without any notification they have sent in a JCB and our ways in are blocked. We are nearing the end, we have been clearing up but we havent removed everything.
Theresa May wasn't involved with working out the date was she
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 09:52 PM   #109
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Pocket Parks

Went on a City Guide tour today with the theme of Leazes Park.

Stopped off at Eldon Square then St James' Park on Town Moor land before finishing off in Leazes Park.

The thought was that there wasn't enough green spaces in Newcastle city centre?

Looking at the Chelsea Flower Show the Diarmuid Gavin tower has a vertical garden and a crazy helter-skelter shute.

http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012/...magic-pyramid/

Would love to see one of these instead of pretty insipid 'pocket parks' - i.e a few tubs grouped together?
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Went on a City Guide tour today with the theme of Leazes Park.

Stopped off at Eldon Square then St James' Park on Town Moor land before finishing off in Leazes Park.

The thought was that there wasn't enough green spaces in Newcastle city centre?

Looking at the Chelsea Flower Show the Diarmuid Gavin tower has a vertical garden and a crazy helter-skelter shute.

http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012/...magic-pyramid/

Would love to see one of these instead of pretty insipid 'pocket parks' - i.e a few tubs grouped together?
Are you sure it was a City Guide Tour - who arranged it Adrian. Just asking as the City Guide Tours are on Sunday's and Wednesday's?
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Old May 23rd, 2012, 09:50 AM   #111
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City Guides

Yes, it was booked at the Tourist Information Centre, Market Street (which is open on a Sunday!)
The guide was Kath/Cath who took us around.
I'm sure you know her.
There are four guides who alternate.

The walks are the Active Ageing 50+ Heritage walks 2012, Tuesdays 10.30 am £3.

There is a website activenewcastle but it has the programme from 2011.

One next Tuesday is 'Victorian Newcastle'

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Yes, it was booked at the Tourist Information Centre, Market Street (which is open on a Sunday!)
The guide was Kath/Cath who took us around.
I'm sure you know her.
There are four guides who alternate.

The walks are the Active Ageing 50+ Heritage walks 2012, Tuesdays 10.30 am £3.

There is a website activenewcastle but it has the programme from 2011.

One next Tuesday is 'Victorian Newcastle'

Ah right - never had you as an over 50 Adrian

Not been on any of these Active Ageing Walks so might try and find out a little more about them.
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One interesting fact from the Leazes Park walk was the route of the Lort Burn (stream) is into the Leazes Park Lake.

There are a series of stones which show the line of the burn and you can see it trickling into the lake.

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Old May 23rd, 2012, 05:26 PM   #114
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Pocket Park Design in Newcastle
By Henk Verhagen, Norwegian Urban Designer



Source - The Journal (Hard-copy only) Wednesday May 23rd 2012
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Northumberland Park, Tynemouth - The
future is now secure after £2.2m award

by Neil Preston, The Journal, July 2nd 2012


Michael Coates at Northumberland Park, Tynemouth

A PARK spanning a past of at least 600 years sees its future secured today with an award of £2.2m. The money from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund goes to Northumberland Park on the border of North Shields and Tynemouth.

Last year 130 volunteers took part in a community archaeology investigation in the park which uncovered building remains and burials which are believed to be the legacy of the medieval St Leonard’s Hospital. The findings from the digs, along with a range of reports on everything from trees to birds and butterfly species in the park, went to lottery officials to back the bid. The award will allow a full-scale dig to take place and plans to be drawn up as to how the history of the park’s medieval heritage can be marked.

After last year’s dig Jennifer Morrison, Tyne and Wear archaeology officer, said: “We were looking for evidence of the hospital and its graveyard and we have found it. That makes the park a special place.”

The money will also store lost features including cast iron railings, a bandstand, historic planting schemes, fountains and park furniture; provide essential new visitor facilities to support the park’s long-term future, which will include a cafe, toilets, community room and terrace within the formal gardens; and improve management and maintenance regime, access to the park and to its unique history and features which include a pet cemetery which was in use from the 1930s-70s.


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Old July 16th, 2012, 12:17 PM   #116
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Komatsu City Friendship Garden, Saltwell Park, Gateshead, 16/07/12

Today 16/07/12, the 25th anniversary of the official opening of the Komatsu plant (currently employing 400 people) at Durham Road, Birtley (near southern boundary of Gateshead borough and formerly occupied by Caterpillar Ltd building similar type of earth moving machinery etc) which led to the twinning in 1991 of Komatsu City, Japan and Gateshead here are some photographs (hosted on Photobucket) of the installation in Saltwell Park that now nearly 3 years since initial work commenced is establishing itself in the park environment

Location - this image from Google Maps



Adjacent the entrance to the park on Saltwell Rd South, near to the entrance to the Crematorium - near green text reading Saltwell Park Grove

My photographs from 16/07/12 approx 0915

The notice board with some enlarged images so as to highlight text and parts of the main photograph
















Note from my picture below that Item 9 is not as installed





















Showing the incomplete item 9








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Old September 9th, 2012, 02:23 PM   #117
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I am a BIT LATE mentioning this, unfortunately!

The show is on, in the Civic Centre Banqueting Hall, TODAY . . .





Their Website is here . . .

NEWCASTLE ALLOTMENTS WORKING GROUP WEBSITE
http://www.newcastleallotments.co.uk/
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Newcastle Parks changes - seen from the sky
by Tony Henderson, The Journal, November 1st 2012



VIEWS from space have revealed the results of a £6m improvement scheme for a ribbon of Tyneside parks. Before and after satellite images show the impact of the two-year project, backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, on the neighbouring Ouseburn Parks in Newcastle. These include Jesmond Dene, Heaton Park, Armstrong Park and Paddy Freeman’s Park. The parks are linked over a distance of 3.5km and total more than 160 acres of green space in the city.

The pictures capture the parks’ changing green landscape with restoration of the original, overgrown 19th-Century paths networks. Almost four miles of paths have been improved and new stretches created.

Around 800 trees in the parks have been removed for a variety of reasons including diseased specimens, and others which posed a safety threat. Other trees were removed to open up areas that were dark and intimidating for park users, and some trees were felled to open up sight lines and improve original vistas. New planting schemes have also been carried out to replicate original designs, especially in Jesmond Dene. A bridge has been built across the Ouseburn under Armstrong Bridge to create a new entrance to the dene, where Pets Corner has been revitalised and the new Millfield visitor centre has been picking up awards.

More could be in the offing as Gateshead-based Southern Green, landscape consultants for Ouseburn Parks, have been shortlisted for the national Landscape Institute Awards later this month for their work on the Newcastle project.


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Old November 17th, 2012, 02:39 PM   #119
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Newcastle City Council hope for
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by Adrian Pearson, Evening Chronicle, November 17th 2012


VOLUNTEERS will be asked to take over parks throughout the City, as part of £90m of council cuts. Council leaders in Newcastle are hoping an army of volunteers and community groups can start looking out for the likes of Jesmond Dene over the next three years. Multi-million pound spending cuts set to be announced next week will see £11m taken from the money behind neighbourhood services, potentially paving the way for hundreds of council redundancies.

With park wardens among those under threat, Newcastle City Council bosses are turning to charities and community groups to ensure parks are maintained. It is just one in a series of cuts set to transform council services as city leaders face up to Government grant reductions and rising costs. Nigel Hails, the city’s director of neighbourhood services, said: “The level of maintenance of our public parks, grass cutting and landscaping activities will be reduced in frequency and some labour-intensive areas replaced. Street cleaning will be significantly reduced and the council will no longer be able to provide its floral programme every year.

“Our parks are our treasures. We have invested a lot in recent years and won several awards. But what matters most is that they are open, safe and used well. We will reduce maintenance in some; but still work with community groups and we will keep a number of high quality parks across the city. Volunteers already play a big role in Newcastle, but over the next three years the number of staff paid to keep parks and open spaces in top condition is likely to be reduced."


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We are just getting a drip, drip feed of reductions in services through the media.

Should all this not be delivered to the full council?

Anyway, I do help out at my local countryside park but not sure about volunteers could purely do this work?
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