Plans for new woodland and gardens behind York Art Gallery submitted

Plans for new woodland and gardens behind York Art Gallery submitted

Plans for new woodland and gardens behind York Art Gallery submitted

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PLANS to turn land behind York Art Gallery into woodland and gardens have been unveiled.

York Museums Trust has submitted a planning application to City of York Council for the change of use of the site, where there used to be bowling greens and several old huts dating back to the Second World War.

The Trust originally wanted to locate a big observation wheel on the land but the proposals met with a storm of opposition from conservation groups and local residents and were eventually abandoned after it was discovered a bat survey had not been conducted.

A trust spokesman said yesterday that to coincide with the £8 million re-development of the gallery, the space behind it would be opened up to the public for the first time in hundreds of years.

"This two and a half acre space will be designed to complement and enhance the original gardens, making the most of the rich archaeology and natural history in the area," he said.

"It will be split into several areas: an 'edible wood', a garden of Yorkshire flowers, an artists' garden and interpretation of the Abbey precinct walls, including a section as a romantic ruin."

Tory councillor Ian Gillies said that whilst the proposals would be an improvement to the area, he was disappointed that an opportunity to create a high quality park for children had been lost.

He said he had suggested in conversations with Trust officials that it could at least investigate the possibility of creating such a play park, featuring swings, zip wires and climbing frames, but this appeared not to have happened.

"This could have helped to attract families in to the city centre in the late afternoon and early evening, particularly as there is a Park and Ride stop and car parking at either end of the gardens."

However, the Trust spokesman said the use of the gardens by young people and children had been integral to the Trust's planning but, rather than making a dedicated children's area, it hoped that all of the gardens would be used for play and learning in lots of different ways.

"New family friendly areas spaces have already been included in the original gardens, such as the Storytelling area and Medieval Twister," he added.

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11:00am Wed 14 May 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

A park! Good idea!
A park! Good idea! Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 11

11:47am Wed 14 May 14

Dave Ruddock says...

Just hope they record the WW2 building and its full use over the last 300 or so years ..
Just hope they record the WW2 building and its full use over the last 300 or so years .. Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 5

1:36pm Wed 14 May 14

BertieBrompton says...

Well done to the Trust for ignoring Gilles mad ideas for an industrial park, children need wild play to allow for learner initiated learning. Well done!
Well done to the Trust for ignoring Gilles mad ideas for an industrial park, children need wild play to allow for learner initiated learning. Well done! BertieBrompton
  • Score: 23

1:38pm Wed 14 May 14

york_chap says...

It will give the street drinkers and tramps somewhere to chill out I suppose.
It will give the street drinkers and tramps somewhere to chill out I suppose. york_chap
  • Score: -15

1:50pm Wed 14 May 14

Shouter says...

At least the council isn't going to build some of its 22,000 new homes there!
At least the council isn't going to build some of its 22,000 new homes there! Shouter
  • Score: -15

3:21pm Wed 14 May 14

Fat Harry says...

Dave Ruddock wrote:
Just hope they record the WW2 building and its full use over the last 300 or so years ..
Time flies when you're having fun - it seems like only 65 years since the start of the war.
[quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: Just hope they record the WW2 building and its full use over the last 300 or so years ..[/p][/quote]Time flies when you're having fun - it seems like only 65 years since the start of the war. Fat Harry
  • Score: 7

6:18pm Wed 14 May 14

Yorkie41 says...

I really can't see how many houses would be affected by a wheel going on this sight.
I really can't see how many houses would be affected by a wheel going on this sight. Yorkie41
  • Score: -1

8:07pm Wed 14 May 14

MouseHouse says...

BertieBrompton - Agree absolutely. Get children OUTSIDE, running, exploring, discovering and exploring. Get them building dens, climbing trees, and building dams on streams. Exactly what children should be doing.
BertieBrompton - Agree absolutely. Get children OUTSIDE, running, exploring, discovering and exploring. Get them building dens, climbing trees, and building dams on streams. Exactly what children should be doing. MouseHouse
  • Score: 3

12:06pm Thu 15 May 14

long distance depressive says...

Sounds like a promising idea. Options to take art outside too for exhibitions etc. ...no boutique hotel plan in there too so the council planners won't give it the go ahead though
Sounds like a promising idea. Options to take art outside too for exhibitions etc. ...no boutique hotel plan in there too so the council planners won't give it the go ahead though long distance depressive
  • Score: -35

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