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A Secret Garden

A garden knitted for the Queen
Following on from the Dawdles walk group’s sterling efforts in clearing up the lanes and footpaths for the ‘Clean for the Queen’ project, the group decided that they would like to do something else to mark the Queens 90th birthday.  The resulting project was the walkers, and so many of their friends, knitting flowers in red, white and blue to yarn bomb Jubilee Park, Kirkby Stephen.

Jubilee Park was enclosed in 1856 for the recreation of the residents and was laid with woodland, rockery, bandstand and boating pool. The Workhouse Manager, Andrew Mackereth’s labour of love was to plant all the trees in his spare time. Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations included a gathering with dancing and music with the lighting of bonfires.

Today, the park is a nature reserve of mature woodland and meadow with an award winning summerhouse which replaced the bandstand as a TIME Parish Initiative.  With the additional spectacular views of Wild Boar Fell and Mallerstang Edge it is a place of tranquillity about the town.  Now and again you will catch a glimpse of the splendid past between the wild flowers.

With all the knitted flowers in place, a concert was held on Sunday 12th June to celebrate the project and the Queen’s 90th birthday complete with cake and the Kirkby Stephen Silver Band playing Happy Birthday.

The decorations making up ‘A Secret Garden’ will be displayed until the end of September 2016 for residents and visitors to enjoy when visiting the park.

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