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Beckenham Place Park and Carl Linnaeus

By NEILMUIR1
April 19, 2010

This incredibly beautiful and historic park is a hidden jewel, 237 acres of pure magic and mystery. I always did find something to stare and wonder at years ago when I first worked in it; I still do on the regular visits I take now. It is simply an enigmatic, awesome and breathtaking place of indescribable beauty set in vast proportions.

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Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Region: United Kingdom Charter ATP Member Dog Lover Region: Florida Tropicals
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Happy_1
Apr 20, 2010 7:06 AM CST
Neil, that was absolutely wonderful. It's hard to believe that places like that exist. It is very tranquil.

Thank you for taking all that time for an informative story, for without it, the pictures would be lost on me. Please stay on the Councils and your vote and say Will make a difference.

Do parks like this charge to have people enter? If so, where does that money go? I would rather pay than lose a estate like that.

Thanks for the dedication, Neil.

Hugs,
Nancy
What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? ~~Dr. Robert Schuller
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Apr 20, 2010 7:31 AM CST
Green fees for golf, would they help?. the park needs your vision. Stay with it--the council members must have been brought up staying inside & watching cartoons.
Name: Sarah
London\Kent Border
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sarahmuir
Apr 20, 2010 7:57 AM CST
Hello it is my lunch hour and you must be the Nancy and Lucy Neil talks about? As you know he is laid up at the moment and very not well. I went to the Park with him as i remember it as it was beautiful and a treat to have a picnic there. But when they sacked all the trained people like Neil and put cheap contractors in it went down hill, and it is bad in some areas. Neil would not put on some pictures of the flower garden as it was terrible. Since I was first married to him when he was in charge of the Queens House etc at Greenwich I have seen his work, and it is perfection. All his gardeners and under gardeners knew that and with all the visitors it had to be. I know one of the contractors that work for the company involved in the upkeep of all the parks in the Borough and they do not get paid much and unfortunately are not trained much at all. It is not there fault they are just given a mower and told to cut the lawns, that is what they do! Neil has pointed out to me many times when they are cutting grass that it does not need doing, but it says in their contract it must be done, and it dies and goes yellow as they do not water it. he goes mad about it and was very upset to see it like this as when he worked there it was immaculate. They used to have to grow all their own plants in their own nursery place, and design the flower beds themselves. The contractors just buy any cheap rubbish from Holland, and sling it in. He is not easy to live with when he sees the damage they have done. The Council take a lot of money as Council Tax from everyone for emptying bins to the roads and Parks. Then at Beckenham they also get the money from the Golf, and the bar\cafe yet they still do nothing at all. He was very upset and so was I, it is not just this place it is all of them, and this place makes money the other Parks don't. i thought i would answer this as i know about it, and he is not allowed on the computer. For the lady who thought this was in the Country it is only seven miles for where they have the Chelsea Flower Show.
Thanks.
Tired Sarah.
You do not own a cat, they own you!
Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Region: United Kingdom Charter ATP Member Dog Lover Region: Florida Tropicals
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Happy_1
Apr 21, 2010 5:45 AM CST
Oh, Sarah, that is such a shame. It's probably like watching your child abused but can do nothing about it. It must break Neil's heart. Does any of the gardens have volunteers that help?

Hope Neil is better today.

Hugs,

Nancy
What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? ~~Dr. Robert Schuller

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