On Friday morning instead of going directly to the allotments I turned off about a 100 yards before the site gates and took a leisurely walk through the Newton Ecology Park.
The light green area is the allotment site, being separated from here by a stream and fence.
A little way up the path I turned right and went to look at the pond. I went to the end of the decking but couldn’t see any grey herons, mallard ducks or moorhens that I’ve occasionally seen before.
The only birds that I could see as I looked across the wet meadow were lots of crows, both on the ground and up in the trees over on the right along the fence.
Looking back across the dry meadow shows the impressive line of white willows.
Two features in the park include this rather uninspiring concrete tree stump sculpture and a circle of stones.
Alongside the path is this rather odd looking tree.
And further along is the old healing garden, which is now a wildflower area.
I don’t walk through here very often but was surprised to see that it was relatively clear of graffiti and rubbish. Reaching the exit I turned left to the nearby allotment site gates. There was no one around as I walked down the site to my plot, where I spent a pleasant few hours just pottering in the sunshine.
Happy gardening, and have a good week!