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Old February 11th, 2017, 10:30 AM   #1
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Sunderland and Durham - Horticulture, Open Spaces, Gardens, Parks, Allotments etc

As the title suggests,--this thread will cover everything Horticultural,---there are many Beautiful Parks and other areas in the Sunderland and Durham area which will be of interest to people,--also there will hopefully be Gardeners interested too,---cheers.
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Mowbray Park, Sunderland - pictures from 02/02/15

On 04/02/15 made posting about Mowbray Park, Sunderland following a visit to take pictures


See posts #365 - 370 on https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...507803&page=19

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Google Maps have in recent days updated their aerial view images (however still a few months old) now including 3D facility over a wider area of the region (including Sunderland).

Here is a screen print, taken 11/02/17, to show "3D image" of Mowbray Park, Sunderland



ADDITRION 06/04/17

Also see post "Medieval Arch Under Cliff Near South East Corner of Park, Sunderland", link https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=372

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Old February 11th, 2017, 01:17 PM   #3
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Durham's new-look Wharton Park after £3m revamp, information & pictures up to 02/11/16

During the refurbishment of Wharton Park, Durham City made several visits to record the progress of the works with pictures

These were covered on the "History" thread due to historic nature of the park:-

Previously covered on posts #1141, 1389, 1390 1412, 1426 of 28/05/16 on this “History” thread, due to the historic nature of the park area and on posts # 1432 - 1447 on 10/06/16 shortly after being reopened on 28 May 2016 after a long period of refurbishment

See the following for links for some of the posts noted above

Posts #1432 - 1440 from 10/06/16 (just after reopening) on https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...987425&page=72

and post 1441 - 1447 on https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...987425&page=73

Also pictures from 05/10/16 on posts #1512 - 1513, on https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...987425&page=76

Posts #1532 - 1537 from 03/11/16 on https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...987425&page=77

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Once again some very good photos Ken,-----Mowbray Park is a very beautiful City Centre Park,---and as for Wharton Park in Durham,--looks as though they have done a great job refurbishing it,--mind we have never been there,--cheers.
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Great photos, Ken.
Never been to Wharton but it looks great.
Mowbray is much improved. A severe culling of the seagull population wouldn't go amiss, though. The place is absolutely covered in s**t constantly.
Fantastic job been done with Barnes Park as well. It's a lovely walk through these days.
Would love to see something similar done to Backhouse Park which is in desperate need of a facelift.
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Old February 11th, 2017, 03:02 PM   #6
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Open space to west of Wearmouth Bridge, south side of the Wear - pictures 18/02/16

Like the posts from Mowbray Park and Wharton Park above this new thread seems a suitable place for post about the Open space to west of Wearmouth Bridge, south side of the Wear, originally posted to "General Leisure and Sport" thread

When in the area on Thursday 18/02/16 took a wander down Pann's Bank and after a close up view of the Frank Styles "Shipyard Mural, see https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=783 ventured into the area to the west of Wearmouth Bridge, south side of the Wear (on Google Maps as "Riverside Park" but not mentioned as such anywhere that I could see on any Sunderland Council documents) and took pictures of the area as it was at that time and "views" to be seen from there

First a screen print of Google Map image (old format) showing the area in question



Pictures taken by myself 18/02/16 and posted over 5 posts, see posts #542 - 546 on https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...507803&page=28

Some of those pictures, showing the area in question and also views across the north back of the Wear where cycle/footpath runs











Google Maps have in recent days updated their aerial view images (however still a few months old) now including 3D facility over a wider area of the region (including Sunderland).

Here is a screen print, taken 11/02/17, to show "3D image" of the area in question, upstream of Wearmouth Bridge, south side of the Wear, Sunderland



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Old February 12th, 2017, 10:30 AM   #7
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Great photos, Ken.
Never been to Wharton but it looks great.
Mowbray is much improved. A severe culling of the seagull population wouldn't go amiss, though. The place is absolutely covered in s**t constantly.
Fantastic job been done with Barnes Park as well. It's a lovely walk through these days.
Would love to see something similar done to Backhouse Park which is in desperate need of a facelift.
Aye there are some lovely Parks in Sunderland,--and add to those mentioned--would be Roker Park,------you mentioned the Seagulls --and you are right,---last Summer Mrs and myself walked along the back of the Museum and Winter Gardens in Mowbray --and the mess from bird droppings was terrible,--it spoils a beautiful Park,--lets hope they can do something to stop this,--cheers.
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Although we are still in February,---there are still things that can be done in the Garden (weather permitting),---but It's mild this morning and there is plenty of blue sky at the moment,--so think I will get into the Garden --and prune and cut back the Roses,--and just potter around doing some tiding,---makes a big difference when it's bright and mild--rather than bitterly cold and generally miserable,--and having to sit in the house,-----anyway,---it won't be too long before Spring is here,--think officially it's in mid March,----- so looking forward to better weather and being able to get out of the House,---cheers.
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Old February 19th, 2017, 11:05 PM   #9
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Pelaw Woods, by the River Wear, Durham City, landslip - information & pictures 19/02/17

Difficult to decide where to place this on the Forum - but due to open space, public footpaths, cycle paths etc decided here was best place

Information from http://www.durham.gov.uk/pelawwoodlandslip website

EXTRACTS & picture (1 of 17 available to view on slideshow)

Essential works to secure the landslip site at Pelaw Wood in Durham City have now begun. The works will restore the river side path and make the area safe for walkers, rowers and cyclists. Work to stabilise the slope began in early October 2015. During the work, this page will provide information on closures, diversions and alternative routes, as well as regular progress update


Pelaw Wood, Prior to work, September 2015

Winter 2016

Following thorough analysis of the second landslip, a design to stabilise the ground has been completed. Additional soil nailing works were also required to stabilise the steepest parts of the bankside. A mesh will be installed at the surface and vegetation allowed to grow through. Work continues to stabilise the slope using stone and 'geoweb' retaining walls, which we have used to keep as much of the existing material in place as possible.

Some trees have had to be removed in consultation with our tree officer where access to carry out the works was not possible. As many of the existing trees have been retained as possible.

Soil nailing works will take around 5 weeks to complete, however there will be further work to stabilise the ground which will take until early 2017 to complete.

We are working to reopen the footpath in Spring 2017.


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What originally happened?

The original landslip started around Christmas 2012/13 when some trees started to move, with the full landslip occurring in May 2013 during very poor weather conditions. At this point the path which runs along the edge of the Wear was blocked and then closed to the public in May 2013. Signed diversions have been in place since this time.


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Will the work prevent further landslips along the bankside?

The stabilisation works will only affect the immediate area. The bankside along this stretch of river is very steep and there is evidence suggesting a number of historical landslips. The natural geology and topography of the area makes it prone to landslips. It will not be feasible to stabilise the whole length of the slope in this area.


More on http://www.durham.gov.uk/pelawwoodlandslip

How it looks on 19/02/17 AM - pictures by myself Sunday 19/02/17 approx 1100 when on wander along the banks of the Wear after visit to The Racecourse (Cricket Ground), the landslip being on other side of the river

















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A wander by the River Wear, Durham City - information & pictures 19/02/17 Part 1 of 4

Follow up on post #9 about Pelaw Woods landslip these posting showing pictures of the area shown in following marked up screen print of Google Maps image (over 4 posts), pictures taken Sunday 19/02/17 in period approx 1045 - 1115



The Racecourse, Durham City - now sports facilities, part of Durham University

Northern Echo article about the history on http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/new...ith_no_horses/

EXTRACT

However, without a doubt the racecourse is best known as the annual home for the Durham Miners’ Gala that has been held here since June 15, 1873. The first gala was held in August 1871, but was initially held at Wharton Park.

From https://www.dur.ac.uk/undergraduate/...rt/facilities/

Situated on the scenic riverside, the Racecourse site is less than five minutes walk from the Graham Sports Centre. The outdoor facilities include a cricket pitch, 2 football pitches and a rugby pitch. There is also an indoor facility providing 2 squash courts, 2 fives courts and extensive changing facilities.

From http://cricketarchive.com/Durham/Grounds/460.html the history of the Cricket Ground, including use by Durham County Cricket for 14 matches at the start of their first class existence, first game April 1992

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A wander by the River Wear, Durham City - information & pictures 19/02/17 Part 2 of 4

Part 2 of 4

Follow up on post #9 about Pelaw Woods landslip these posting showing pictures of the area, taken Sunday 19/02/17 in period approx 1045 - 1115











View across the Wear to Pelaw Woods landslip



Wander along the banks of the Wear points X -X heading towards Baths Bridge









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A wander by the River Wear, Durham City - information & pictures 19/02/17 Part 3 of 4

Part 3 of 4

Follow up on post #9 about Pelaw Woods landslip these posting showing pictures of the area, taken Sunday 19/02/17 in period approx 1045 - 1115

The Bandstand





Durham Pals memorial seat, information on http://www.thenortheastatwar.co.uk/i...e-100-years-on from 19/09/16 (France) & http://www.thenortheastatwar.co.uk/i...-new-benchmark on 22/09/16 (by the Wear)













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A wander by the River Wear, Durham City - information & pictures 19/02/17 Part 4 of 4

Part 4 of 4

Follow up on post #9 about Pelaw Woods landslip these posting showing pictures of the area, taken Sunday 19/02/17 in period approx 1045 - 1115

The Durham Cow by Andrew Burton 1997

Extract of information from http://www.pmsa.org.uk/pmsa-database/9655/

A life-size bronze cow laying down to rest. The gold-horned beast looks down river towards the Cathedral. It sits on a base of six square slabs of stone and is surrounded by three cog-like ceramic sculptures.

Burton's idea for the 'Durham Cow' took root in the early 1990s when he was invited to execute a sculpture for another city site. However the project fell through and it wasn't until 1996, when additional funding became available through the Visual Arts Year budget, that the commission was finally realised.


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Inscriptions

Incised in upper-case roman lettering on a slab of stone nearby: DURHAM COW / LEGEND WOULD HAVE YOU RUMINATING UP BY THOSE / MASSIVE PILES BUT WHAT COW PREFERS A ROCKY MOUND / TO A RIVER BANK AND WHO BELIEVES THAT STORY OF A / DREAM AN OX TWO MILKMAIDS SOME FOOTSORE MONKS AND A HAPHAZZARD ENCOUNTER THAT PUT STOP TO THEIR ENDLESS ZIGZAGGING AND SEED A BUILDING BEYOND ALL THEIR COLOSSAL IMAGINING. HERE AND NOW YOU SEEM REAL ENOUGH


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Views back across the cricket ground



Rowing on the Wear, adjacent Baths Bridge







View from Baths Bridge

Information about the bridge, see http://www.bridgesonthetyne.co.uk/baths.html





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Looking forward to seeing the renovation of Roker park, there is an application in for £3m funding with the council backing that up with a £600k boost. For me not too much needs addressing, I'd like to see more trees and bulbs planted in the banks of the path leading down to Roker beach to give a better feel than it currently has, perhaps changing the paths around the park to be less uniformed and Street like.
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Looking forward to seeing the renovation of Roker park, there is an application in for £3m funding with the council backing that up with a £600k boost. For me not too much needs addressing, I'd like to see more trees and bulbs planted in the banks of the path leading down to Roker beach to give a better feel than it currently has, perhaps changing the paths around the park to be less uniformed and Street like.
Yeah agree,--Roker Park is a lovely Park--and it will be good if they receive funding,--- the Lake used to be great when people used it for model boats--also the miniature rail too,----btw,--does anyone know if the footbridge over the Ravine is still closed?---cheers.
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This from the Sunderland Echo,--

Mountain bike track at Penshaw Monument ‘no longer in use



A mounain bike track at historic Penshaw Monument will no longer be in use because of the “damage” it has caused to the area, National Trust chiefs have said. Since opening in 2013, the track has been heavily used and modified by users but unfortunately, bosses in charge of the site say it has led to increasing damage to the surrounding woodland. The track will no longer be in use from this month onwards. Helen McDonald, head ranger for Penshaw Monument, said: “We created the track to provide a dedicated area for cyclists to access Penshaw. “However, in spite of our intentions, the prolonged use of the track has led to the woodland becoming susceptible to damage.

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Looking forward to seeing the renovation of Roker park, there is an application in for £3m funding with the council backing that up with a £600k boost. For me not too much needs addressing, I'd like to see more trees and bulbs planted in the banks of the path leading down to Roker beach to give a better feel than it currently has, perhaps changing the paths around the park to be less uniformed and Street like.
There are a few things to do, the toilet block is well past its best and the lake needs cleaning and tidying out (I've never seen water so green). Also I believe they were going to build a Cafe.
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For any interested Gardeners--the Sunderland Echo--sometimes has articles on Gardening tips,---

This from the Sunderland Echo,--

GARDENING: It makes economic sense to grown your own cherry tomatoes




Small and perfectly formed are the watchwords for this year’s tomatoes – all cherry varieties and in a host of bright colours, some old, some new. Last year, I did get a massive crop from Green Zebra, but my family hated it, so I decided to stick with the acid/sugar balance in the cherry tomatoes they will all eat. Suncherry has a superb flavour. Suncherry has a superb flavour. They’re also the most expensive in the shops, so it makes economic sense to be self-sufficient in them from late June to November fresh. They are all cordon varieties (upright vines that need support and side-shooting) that need to be grown under glass. New to me this year are: Rainbow Blend F1 Hybrid*: A mix of four colours of baby plum shaped fruits – Katiebell (yellow), Lizziebell (orange), Luciebell (red) and Flamingo (pink). Fruit weight 16-20g.

Super Sweet 100: Very long trusses of sweet cherry-sized fruit. Reliable, high-yielding and disease resistant. Fruit 20-25g. Artisan Mix: Varieties Artisan Blush Tiger (pink blush on golden skin) and Artisan Pink Tiger (pink and gold stripes) – tapering, 5-6cm long fruits, weighing approximately 18-20g.

Read more at: http://www.sunderlandecho.com/lifest...toes-1-8406049
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Just a few photos of Herrington Country Park from a few Days ago,--it's a huge Park and has different types of areas,--here are just a few different views,--there is this looking --towards the lake,--the Amphitheatre,--and looking towards Penshaw Monument,--and last of some Sculptures,--there are other things to see too.











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Another article on gardening,--with a bit of fun,---

This from the Sunderland Echo,--

GARDENING: £500 prize on offer for ‘vulgar veg’



Oh, matron! Tittering at rude-looking veg is all very well but you could win £500 in gardening vouchers if you grow one and highlight the waste in our food production system. Following the success of its Vulgar Veg competition last year, Van Meuwen is again giving growers the chance to enter its ‘veg patch misfits’ into a contest to find the UK’s naughtiest-shaped produce. One of my amusing tomatoes. One of my amusing tomatoes. There’s a prize of £500 worth of Van Meuwen vouchers for the winner of the competition, launched at last month’s Garden Press Event in London. Last year, the firm relaunched chilli pepper Chilli Willy, which caused a sensation at the event, hidden for the sake of decency behind a pair of red boxer shorts! The competition has a serious point besides the frivolity – encouraging people to buy and eat so-called ‘imperfect’ veg, just because they’re the wrong shape. Between 20 per cent and 40 per cent of perfectly good but misshapen veg are thrown away in the US alone each year, according to online campaigner Jordan Figueiredo – who runs www.uglyfruitandveg.org – because shoppers have been educated to only buy ‘perfect’ stereotypes.

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