Ilkeston - Flying The Green Flag
w/e 06 May 2012
All this week's pictures were taken
with a Kodak DX6490
It's only a few weeks since we last featured Victoria Park but
when the Duke of Rutland accepted an invitation to come and raise
one of three flags marking the Green Flag Award that the park
was credited with last year, it was only right to go and record
the event. Pictured here with the Duke (left) are Councillor
Mike Wallis (Lead Member for Culture and Leisure) and Councillor
Kevin Miller (Mayor of Erewash) who presented the Duke with a
gift to commemorate his visit.
After a few words of introduction by Councillor Wallis and the
presentation of the gift, the Duke hoisted the first of the flags
at the Bristol Road/Drummond Road entrance.
The flag was then lowered again for a photo shoot for members
of the press who requested various poses by the Duke, other Civic
dignitaries and other council staff. I just moved around and
took various shots at random!
I then realised the difference between professional photographers
and enthusiastic amateurs like myself. It seems if you are a
professional with expensive and high tech cameras, you have no
qualms about trampling on the flower beds whereas I, with my
simple Kodak camera, found the zoom lens to be quite effective.
The final shot included members of the Green Space Team of council
workers who are responsible for maintaining all the parks and
open spaces in the Borough.
I think the professional photographers then continued to their
next job but I joined the rest of the assembled people to take
a walk through the park as the Duke viewed some of the features
that had gone towards earning the
Green Flag Award. One of them was the Mosaic Project in which
students from the Ormiston Academy undertook in 2011 the design
of a circular pebble mosaic which has been installed under the
pergola. The Academy adopted Victoria Park in 2007 in a scheme
that encourages young people to develop a caring attitude towards
the environment and links with the citizenship element of the
National Curriculum. As the professionals had left, it was my
turn to pose a shot with the mosaic! Several information boards
have been erected in the park including one about the mosaic
(right) and these boards are another of the reasons that contributed
to the awarding of the Green Flag.
information board has been installed by the Long Border and it
includes photos and details that enable visitors to identify
many of the trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials and grasses
in the border. It was replanted in 2009 and according to the
board has been "designed with year round colour and interest
in mind." As well as the photos and Latin names of the species
that have been planted the information also includes the common
names that to the layman are much more descriptive. These include
Coral Bells, Sneezeweed, Coneflower, Bronze Fennel and Smokebush
to name just a few.
The information board also states
that "the flowers and foliage are intended to provide a
hot colour scheme which will compliment the bedding displays
in the central lawned area" and it has to be said that the
red and yellow flowers currently in those beds were looking especially
good for the Duke's visit. The present Duke of Rutland may also
have noticed the large oak tree (on the left of the image above)
that was planted by his ancestor on August 28th, 1902. While
we were making our way through the park, a second flag was raised
by council workers near the children's play area (right).
The honour of raising the third and final flag at the Bristol
Road/Manners Avenue entrance was also given to two council workers,
Phil Salt and Ken Duffield who are both members of the Green
It was at this entrance that I commented to another member of
the team about the flowers being trampled on but he was not too
concerned saying that many of the flowers were already past their
best and all the plants will soon be removed to allow the beds
to be replanted with a theme to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's
Diamond Jubilee. It looks therefore that another visit to the
park will soon be on the cards for a further selection of images.
In the meantime the three green flags will fly to celebrate the
award of this national mark of excellence, Victoria Park being
the first in Erewash to achieve this status.
To see a short video presentation of these images and more click here
to visit YouTube.