Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Westgate Gardens In Canterbury On A Sunshiny Day.

It seems to be raining every day here in Ireland at the moment.  Such a contrast to the eight days of sizzling heat when I was in Kent.  I can't  mow customers grass or my own and the weeds are having a field day.

Oh well.  Here are some  pictures I took from Westgate Gardens in sunny Canterbury.







The gardens were left to the people of Canterbury.  They are a credit to them too.  I believe parks and gardens are living lungs and what a canvas is a garden.  Mother Nature and the gardener paint some lovely pictures together.  Gardens are works of art.

Does anybody know of any new parks or gardens that have been made recently for the public to enjoy?   I noticed workers picking up litter in the park at seven in the morning .  They looked happy like the birds and squirrels enjoying the sunshine.  Wish I had  a  job like that.  

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  1. The UK and Ireland has a long tradition of parks and gardens open to the public, either municipal (one of the great contributions made in the nineteenth century) or the gardening interests of the owners of grand houses opening up to the public. New ones opening up I'm not so sure about. This part of the world, and Norfolk especially, is blessed with interesting gardens to visit.

    (Was in Galway for a long weekend a week ago. Enjoyed it very much)

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    1. Hi Philip. I love parks and gardens. There isn't any large parks near me sadly. I like the ones with band stands, boating lakes, borders full of roses and bedding plants and perennials and tarmac paths for people to walk. There's a fabulous one in Tralee full of beautiful roses. Appropiate for the home of the Rose Of Tralee.

      Glad you enjoyed your Galway trip Philip.

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  2. My brother-in-law lives in England and works for the National Trust (?). I think I have it right. He's retired from truck driving, and tells me he does this "to keep England tidy for you visitors!"

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  3. Yes Joanne the National Trust. They do sterling work preserving building and gardens for all to enjoy. They even rent out some of their land for allotments. Wish they were in Ireland. There are lots of ancient ancestoral buildings that need urgent work to preserve for future generations to enjoy them. Thanks!

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  4. UK has some beautiful parks. My memory goes back so many years to the happy hours spent in them.

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    1. Thanks Valerie. The UK does have some beautiful parks. Nothing nicer than having a stroll, listening to a brass band, taking a boat ride, smelling and admiring the flowers or having a picnic. Parks and gardens are so important and they help clean the air too.

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  5. Nice parks in Canterbury. We have lots of public parks in Norwich and community gardens and open spaces. The nearest one to Norwich city centre is full of violence and drug taking and is not a safe place to walk through. We have a lot of drug problems in this area. Sadly. Thanks Dave.

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    1. Hi Rachel. Community gardens seem to be taking off here in Ireland too. Saw a lot of homeless, people high on drugs and it seemed like some mentally ill people. So sad and such a beautiful city. Thanks Rachel.

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  6. A couple of my family who were NT members have their ashes scattered in a woodland park adjoining a garden they used frequent. I think it's a nice idea.

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  7. Hi Gwil. Nice touch by your family to have their ashes scattered in a National Trust woodland park. Saw lots of old churches and overgrown graveyards in Kent. I really like the National Trust and think its wonderful that people can leave their vast estates and gardens to them and for future generations to enjoy them.


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    1. If you have a big house in a good walking area you can do the same with Holiday Fellowship or HF as it's known. I used to be one of their volunteer walking guides.

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  8. Hi Gwil. Sounds a great way to have a walking holiday. Especially with not having to carry your tent and rucksack with you. Had enough of sleeping under canvas.

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  9. If ever you get the chance, do visit our park in Sutton Coldfield, otherwise known as Sutton Park. Mind you, you would need a week to cover the lot. It has a seven lakes and umpteen forests and a walk in the park is like a stroll in the countryside. Beautiful!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutton_Park,_West_Midlands

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  10. It sounds wonderful Valerie. We once went on a coach day trip to Trentham Gardens. I have also visited Ryton Organic Gardens near Coventry. All great places to visit.

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