Greenspaces: Luxmore Gardens

Last weekend, under a brittle sky, we visited Luxmore Gardens - a rare occasion when we didn't overshoot its concealed entrances.


We sat for a while in the monochrome park, parallel to an old man nursing a can, still. At the far end of the Gardens, a few teenagers hung out soundlessly. Aside from the dog poo and some litter, they were the only signs of life in the half hour we were there. As we left, a guy with a Staff let it dump on the steps up to Rokeby Road.

In a ward starved of green space, a large urban garden like Luxmore could and should be much better, but it needs more love and more people.

22 comments:

Tamsin said...

It was painted red a year ago as reported on this site. I did not get along to that event but did visit afterwards. Is the Ward that starved of green space? Is there anything wrong with having a quiet area? It did strike me as incredibly peaceful and secretive in a rather nice way, enclosed by back gardens and walls.

mb said...

A little too secret perhaps? if it was more obvious from the road then people may be more embarased about using it as a dog toilet.

Hugh said...

I liked 'monochrome'.

Blythe Hill Fields under a boiling July sun when there's no one around is also worth a visit, especially for that 'back to the 1970s' sensation.

Anonymous said...

"a guy with a staff" - Gandalf?

BXSpy said...

Moses?

Anonymous said...

jet li?

Headhunter said...

Shouldn't it be "Staff" as it's a breed of dog? Or you could write "Staffie" just to be clear... Must admit it had me scratching my head for a while!

qbf said...

Yes, for a brief moment I pictured an old man dropping his walking stick. Then I worked it out...

Anonymous said...

Prince Charles? He has staff. Bit of a shame he let one of them dump on the steps though.

Hugh said...

Do you lot work?

mollhench said...

I'm sorry Hugh - we did up the park and it no longer has that worn out 70s feel you crave. Still gorgeous in the July sun though, but I think you might find it a bit busier these days.

Anonymous said...

I'd never heard of this park before, even though I've lived here for years

Anonymous said...

and the point of this is???

Anonymous said...

Luxmore Gardens would be a good place for a community orchard...

Anonymous said...

I found Luxmore Gardens on the same day I found the twichell / jitty between Harefield Road and Wickham Gardens.

lawrence said...

our garden backs onto luxmore gdns amd we often take our daughter toplay on the swings and slide. It is always nice and quite, there is always one person hanging around drinking a can, but rarely more than one, and the occasional man with staff ....last time i saw him pull some of his hair out, blew it and jumped onto his cloud and was gone. When it snowed we were first there, it looked great, we built a snowman.

Anonymous said...

Lawrence...you saw Monkey from the ancient legend of Tripitaka in Luxmore Gardens...Wow!

lawrence said...

our garden backs onto luxmore gdns amd we often take our daughter toplay on the swings and slide. It is always nice and quite, there is always one person hanging around drinking a can, but rarely more than one, and the occasional man with staff ....last time i saw him pull some of his hair out, blew it and jumped onto his cloud and was gone. When it snowed we were first there, it looked great, we built a snowman.

spincat said...

Re: Blythe Hill
What is 70s about a superb view?

Anonymous said...

Letting dogs poo in nature isn't such a bad thing. It's not like you're using it as a dip for your artisan grissini.

Mb said...

Hey, that's like satire. But without the humour, originality and without making any kind of sense. Christ knows what he's going to read now that the Daily Sport is no more. The Express is to high bow and hes run out of tissues so no point in buying a copy of Razzle.

Anonymous said...

Have just seen and heard woodpeckers from the park. I love this park. Ollie

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