Museum Gardens: people

March 2011

Museum Gardens, visitors, summer 2007

A great deal of effort has gone into this place, since the Yorkshire Philosophical Society took on the site in the early 19th century, and in its more recent management by the local authority and York Museums … More …

Museum Gardens: wildlife

March 2011

Squirrel, July 2007

The mature natural landscape of the gardens supports many species, but the ones we notice most are squirrels and pigeons, these days. I sat down on a bench in the gardens one morning in January and attracted the attention … More …

Museum Gardens: buildings

March 2011

King's Manor and Tempest Anderson Hall, from Museum Gardens

One of my favourite areas is beyond the ruins and the concrete paths, where the view outwards has the buildings of the King’s Manor site huddling together on the boundary, the work of … More …

Rowntree Park

May 2009

Sculpture in Rowntree Park
Sculpture in Rowntree Park

Rowntree Park isn’t near where I live, so it’s a while since I visited, though at least one website visitor has recommended I should. It’s changed a … More …

Homestead Park

November 2007

This is one of my favourite local green spaces, and I’ve mentioned it before. It’s next to Homestead House, the head office of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, originally Seebohm Rowntree’s house, 100 years ago. Since then the land behind the house has been maintained for the … More …

West Bank Park

3 July 2006

West Bank Park, evening, 3 July 2006

I remember this place from childhood – mainly because of its surprising statue of Queen Victoria. I remember it from later visits for its tunnel of climbing roses. But I haven’t been through … More …