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Queens Park, Craig y Don.

It's time I had a boast about our little park. There's a team of volunteers who do the gardening.  The council mows the grass and once a year they cut the perimeter hedge, but we do everything else.

Craig y Don is a village that was engulfed by the Victorian expansion of Llandudno. It's still very much a village. We have shops, cafés, churches, a health centre, a community centre, a school, and, I'm happy to say, no pubs. And at the heart of it, this gem of a park.

The volunteers meet every Monday at 10am and work until lunchtime with a tea and biscuits break.  We are a jolly set and have a lot of laughs.

I'll post some pictures next time.



  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530


    My mum and my husband soaking up the sun.    Last year we were awarded the Green Flag for protecting the environment.  Left to right: Carol, Sonia, me and Fran.

  • Tray14Tray14 Posts: 210

    How wonderful - well done ?

  • Mary370Mary370 Posts: 2,003

    Well done to all involved......not one pub?

  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530

    Nope.  It makes for a very tranquil neighbourhood.  There's a club and the seafront is lined with hotels, many of which are licensed, so no-one dies of thirst.  A restaurant that opened here recently wanted to hold a licensed musical event in the park and the whole community was up in arms.   It wasn't the drink or noise issues particularly that enraged people, more that they didn't want the park commercialised.

  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530

    We've just been given thousands of purple crocus corms by our local Rotarians.  Six of us spent all morning planting them, and still have some left, which we'll plant next Monday.  The tree man is coming on Friday to trim my beech tree, and the park will be taking most of the shredded waste for mulching the borders and fruit trees.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,904

    Well done to you all for your hard work. It looks like a proper little oasis. image

    Did you really have to tell us which one was you after showing us a pic of your lovely mum? Really??? That seed didn't fall too far from the tree! image

    Keep up the good work. It's looking great!

  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530


    Still plenty of flowers in the pots.

    The bog garden is living up to its name.  It's not a real bog because it dries out in the summer. The soil is clay and the park is lower than the surrounding streets, so the grassed areas are always waterlogged in winter.

    Work in the park doesn't stop for winter.  Here's Anna, raking out the last of the nasturtiums.

    Someone, at some time in the past, planted the wrong kind of bamboo (let's call it damnboo!) in the circular raised bed at the centre of the park. It spreads underground and pokes up through the shrubs and ornamental grasses.  Sonia, Julie and Jeanne resorted to digging them out, extracting the damnboo and re-planting them.

  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530


    St David's Methodist Church staged a Nativity play in the park yesterday.  The wind, rain and snow kept away, but it was jolly cold!  Neverless, about 150 people came to watch and join in the carols. The pictures, from top:

    Mayor Francis Davies disguised as a Wise Man - he did change his woolly hat for a crown before playing his part!  And a suitably grumpy-looking Herod.

    The Angel Gabriel.

    The shepherds' camp.

    The stable.

    After the play, we enjoyed delicious mulled wine and mince pies.

    There was going to be a real donkey, but when its handler went to fetch it, it galloped round the field and defied all efforts to catch it.  All donkeys are equine, but some are more equine than others.

  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530

    Just come home from the Friends of Queen's Park AGM, which elected me as chairman.  

  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    Congratulations and keep up the good workimage

    SW Scotland
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