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Roses are blooming in Headington
Based on information provided by J. Hemmings
Staff at Headington’s Bury Knowle Park have faced up to the challenge of this Millennium year. Despite the vicissitudes of nature, including drought, disease, animals and humans depredations, staff have brought about glorious floral displays that have given enormous pleasure and inspiration to the many visitors to the Park.
To celebrate the Millennium Year and the birthday of the Queen Mother, the staff, led by the Park’s Head Gardener, Mr. John Hemmings, created a series of schemes including rose beds of Queen Elizabeth Floribunda near the Library, Peace and Golden Wedding Roses by the Sensory Garden for the Blind and Ice Cream Roses adjacent to the tennis court’s pavilion.
For the many regular visitors to the Park, the one scheme that sticks in their minds is the floral display near the Library that commemorates the Millennium with the message ‘Bury Knowle 2000’ on one side and on the other a Union Jack flag made up of flowers that could be seen from the Park’s London Rd main gate. Capability Brown himself would be proud and impressed by the results of the work and expertise of the gardening staff of Bury Knowle Park.
Our 'Right to Roam'?
|By CATHERINE HODGKINSON
One of the delights of Oxford is the 'rural' aspect of many of its open spaces; nowhere is this more true than in the Headington Fields and Southfields area. Residents of the area bordering the Churchill and Warneford Hospitals sites have on their doorstep a delightful expanse of open ground, together with a golf course, where they, their children and their dogs can get away from the pressures of urban living and can roam a myriad of
Or so we all thought. In fact there are only two legally recorded public footpaths on these sites (one dividing Headington Fields from the golf course and linking The Slade to Hill Top Road and the other crossing the golf course
to link Lye Valley with Barracks Lane). Despite much evidence of the public use of fifteen others over many years, these have not been recorded. In order to protect this amenity, after applications by the Ramblers' Association and the Council for the Protection of Rural England some years earlier, in late 1997 the County Council issued a Modification Order for these other paths under the Countryside Act 1981.
It is, of course, well known that landowners do not like footpaths, which might interfere with and inhibit their land usage and development, so it is not surprising that the hospitals and the Golf Club objected to this order. As a result early October sees the opening of a Public Local Inquiry at which a government appointed inspector will hear evidence from both sides; interestingly the inspector has only to consider whether or not these paths exist, and if they do, their route and status. Given all the development pressures this area, it comes as something of a relief to know that he will not take into account the effects on property. Nevertheless, unless we get a clear verdict in favour of instating these footpaths, alarm bells will be ringing about the future prospects for preserving these and other similar amenities in Headington.
|By TRACEY CHAMBERS
On Tuesday 26 September Headington Library presented the prizes to the children who won the Design a Book Mark Competition, which ran during the school holidays. Timothy Foot aged 7 and Charlotte Spokes aged 11 received their book tokens, which were donated by the Headington Forum. Tracy Chambers, the Library Manager and Anna White, the Area Children's Librarian judged the competition.
"All the entries were of a very high quality so it was extremely difficult to decide! Fortunately the competition had been divided into two age groups which made our task a little easier" said Anna White, Area Children's Librarian. The winning designs will be on display at Headington Library.
Linda To Trek Across Tibet
|Based on information provided
by LINDA JOHN
Linda has pledged to raise some £2,500 for the charity Mencap. To do this Linda plans to trek across the Himalayas and she needs your assistance in raising the money for Mencap.
Linda has only until May 2001 to raise the money. Mencap, with the £2,500 Linda hopes to raise, will be able to be of further assistance to the many children and adults with learning difficulties. Did you know, during a twelve-day period, some 247 babies are born with learning difficulties?
Your financial support would be greatly appreciated, and will make such a difference to the people you can help with learning difficulties. Linda has already started training for this great adventure. Her greatest challenges will be getting over her fear of heights and flying.
Do you want to help Linda in her Trek across Tibet ?
Then contact Linda at the Queen of Hearts, Windmill Rd, Headington, Oxford, or telephone: Linda John on Oxford 01865 – 768513.
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