Features of the Park

Those people, who visit the Park regularly are familiar with its many features; none more so than Jay Miller, the Park's Chief Volunteer, pictured here with local MP Ed Vaizey when he first visted the Park in 2009.

As Jay explains the main features of the Park are its:
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Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP & Jay Miller
© Ralph Cobham

  • the central Performance Area. This is notable for both its central symbolic, millennial standing stones and the surrounding 'palisade' of Sarsen Stones
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Students 'chilling out' in the Performance Area
© Ralph Cobham

  • the six poetry plaques designed by Alec Peever and inscribed with quotations from JB's works
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Alec Peever, the Stone Sculptor beside 'The Last Laugh'
© John & Sheila Terry

  • the three Learning Spaces and adjacent wildflower display areas
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One of the 3 Learning Spaces
© Ralph Cobham

  • the net-work of informal foot-paths, which traverse/wind through the semi-wild areas of woodland glades of trees, shrubs, grass, and seasonal displays of wildflowers and bulbs
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Part of the Path Network
© Ralph Cobham

Jay is only too familiar with the Park's utility litter bins and rustic seats
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One of the Utility Litter Bins
© Ralph Cobham

 
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One of the Rustic Seats in use
© Ralph Cobham

Other important features relate to the mildly alkaline, fertile soil which is good for growing a wide range of plants and insects. These include:

  • the young, native and shrubs trees planted when the Park was first established.
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Male Bumble Bee (Bombus vestalis)
© M Nicholls

  • the scented, climbing roses planted at the foot of mature trees. The majority of the mature trees are sycamores and horse chestnuts.  Several of these have either received surgery or have been pollarded at about 6 metres from the ground
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One of the native trees planted - a small-leaved lime
© Ralph Cobham

 
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One of the newly planted climbing roses
©Ralph Cobham

 Some of the archaeological finds.
Archaeological Finds

Some of the 'finds' from preparation of the 'Learning Spaces'
© Ralph Cobham