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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 1st March, 2023)

Big Planter

Big Planter
Walmesley Park, Ince.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: Garry on 1st March 2023 at 06:43

That's been there since the 1950s beautiful when it's full of bedding plants. Believe me, Ince Park known locally was a nice clean park when Ince Council owned it, very colourful with plants and they cared with many activities going on.

Comment by: Garry on 1st March 2023 at 06:55

Check out item number 5002 from DK, the way we were, at Ince Park.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 1st March 2023 at 07:21

Well Mick, there's a depressing scene to start the day with but I suppose you can't always look at the world through rose tinted glasses......

Comment by: Veronica on 1st March 2023 at 08:45

You are right Garry it was lovely up to the sixties when the gentleman who was the gardener looked after it until he retired. I liked the cobbles around it. There was a statue in the middle of it. I wonder if that’s gone to where the old soldier went to in Wigan Park..

Comment by: Tom on 1st March 2023 at 08:58

This looks like something that's been used in industry

Comment by: Arthur on 1st March 2023 at 08:59

Helen you are right, but as Garry says, it's seen great days in the past like many parks did.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 1st March 2023 at 12:47

Yes Arthur, you are right
it was probably a nice place to be at one time. I must try & find the pic Garry mentioned

Comment by: Sandra on 1st March 2023 at 13:27

I can't find it Garry.

Comment by: Garry on 1st March 2023 at 13:31

It was a fountain back in 1957, but didn't work, so the Council planted flowers instead.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 1st March 2023 at 15:56

You are so right Garry,spent so much time in Ince Park growing up,it was lovely,beautiful flower beds,well kept paths and lawns,bowling green and tennis courts,as well as slide,etc.

Comment by: Sue on 1st March 2023 at 19:37

Swings, slides, roundabout, kiddies golf, bowling green, tennis court and Park keeper and hut. You felt safe playing there, lovely gardens and bedding plants.
Today its just a shell of from its heyday and good times.
Children need to be in parks playing in the fresh air and running around instead of being glued to Mobile phones.

Comment by: Cyril on 1st March 2023 at 20:33

The photo of the fountain Garry mentioned - a link is here. https://www.wiganworld.co.uk/album/photo.php?opt=5&id=5002&gallery=Ince&page=2

Probably a totem pole or other feature in someone's garden Veronica.

And some good conversation about Walmesley (Ince) Park. https://www.wiganworld.co.uk/photoaday.php?photo=2022-03-13

Comment by: Pw on 1st March 2023 at 20:47

It was never my local park but used to go fishing in the lake.Last I heard it was full of crayfish.Used to take my grandchildren to the skate park which they did enjoy as well as the playground.I do remember it as a very well kept park.Most parks in the area are not as well kept as they used to be.

Comment by: Cyril on 2nd March 2023 at 12:26

They're the loathed American Signal Crayfish too Pw, it was said they'd crawled to there from the Amberswood lake and to there from elsewhere and can apparently travel overland great distances if need be. The leisure dept. as it was in the 1990s did have crayfish traps around the lakes to catch as many as they could to try and clear them, but knowing how prolific at breeding this species is and how widespread they are, they were probably chasing the wind.

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