All posts by John Britton

Ghost trees at Debdale ?

There’s a long line of paired posts at Debdale that look as if they might have been supports for small trees – but there aren’t any!

Apart from the question of what are they for, there’s a tricky question of whether they should be mapped and if so, how ?

Boggart Hole Clough

Sadly, the cafe seems to have shut up for the winter.  More sadly, it looks like quite a few of the ash trees are suffering – photo shows a couple near the memorial statue, but there’s quite a few really big ones along the bottom road looking pretty dead.

New Maps Please !!

Today we came across a group enjoying the challenge of orienteering on 18-year-old maps !  It is just possible that this won’t provide the best introduction to local orienteering. 

Picture shows two parks for the price of one – Chesham Woods lake in the foreground, Heaton Park tower in the distance.

Access issues at Mirrlees Fields

Fences at Mirrlees Fields now line the two main footpaths as an attempt to curtail access to the full area. They’re shown on the updated map. Rumours suggests the area is for sale, and that planning permission has been denied. As you can see in the photo, the fences are hip-height and not barbed-wire so are more indicative than enforcing. 

Best time of year

This must be the best time of year for getting out in our parks. Visibility is at its peak, balsam, bracken and nettles are still hiding, and the bulbs are just coming through. Picture is snowdrops at Alexandra Park, and daffs will be close behind.