Friday, 2 March 2012

A walk in the Park

Isn't it a lovely feeling when you find a new local beauty spot?

Herschel Park in Slough - yes, Slough - is a little hidden delight that I saw for the first time last weekend. Although I was born and brought up in this area, and having been away for a number of years, returned to live here about 6 years ago, I didn't know of it's existence until it was featured recently in a television program.

Originally named Upton Park, it was created as a pleasure ground for the prestigious Upton Park Estate in 1842. It was taken over by the local council in 1949 and renamed Herschel Park, after Sir William Herschel, the famous astronomer, who lived most of his life in Slough. It is clear, from the maturity of the trees, that the park has been in existence for a long time. It has recently been renovated with the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A small nature reserve has also been added, from which there is a view of Windsor Castle....

... across the busy M4 motorway!

I was slightly disappointed at the lack of crocuses in the park - (another Slough park, Salt Hill Park, had a stunning display as we drove past) ...

... but this was somewhat compensated by some winter aconites....

... looking splendid in the sunshine...

... and clumps of cyclamen under the trees.

It was a small but attractive park, very close to a not-so-nice town centre, so whilst my visits to the town itself are very infrequent, I think I shall return to this park later in the year to see it in its summer glory.

Have you discovered any new places recently?

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