Woodthorpe Grange Park
Woodthorpe Grange was built by a Mr. Henry Ashwell in 1874 as a family residence, but the family did not enjoy it for very long, for in 1889 the Nottingham Suburban Railway was constructed and sliced the estate in half. It was subsequently sold to Edward Parry - the man who had designed the railway! It was acquired by Nottingham City Council in 1921 and the house is presently the offices of the Council's Leisure Services Department. I have only very vague recollections of this park from my childhood days in the 1940's but on my visit in 2007, the first for almost 60 years, I found it to be well maintained - especially the formal gardens, borders and golf course. This is a substantial park that offers something for most age groups and on a sunny summer day (It was unfortunately dull during my visit), it would make an ideal destination for a family day out and picnic. In addition to the facilities and features shown in the photographs below, the park also has a children's amusement area. The park is located to the north of the city on the Mansfield Road with its main entrance and car park on Woodthorpe Drive.
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|The four images below were taken during a quick visit on the 9th August 2007. The sun was shining this time and the formal gardens had matured and looked wonderful.|
So - It seems that this years problems are hopefully only temporary and that this park will soon re-join the ranks of Nottingham Parks 1st Division. However visitors should not expect new toilets to be available in the immediate future They will, if approved, obviously take some time to construct and in the meantime the absence of such basic facilities should be taken into consideration by visitors.
|The four images below were taken during a quick visit on the 1st July 2009. The sun was shining and the formal gardens looked beautiful, though I did feel that the main one was not as good as previous years because of the need for some height in the planting. The herbaceous border looked lovely and whist the Dell Garden has been cleaned up it was disappointing to find it almost dry with no water in the cascade. Another disappointment was the continued absence of the public toilets which remain locked.|
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