WILD-FLOWERS BLOOM IN PENARTH’S DINGLE PARK BUT WHAT ABOUT THAT ROUNDABOUT?

The recent rain and the warm sunshine have brought the wild flowers into bloom at DIngle Park

The recent rain and the warm sunshine have brought the wild flowers into bloom at Dingle Park

There is now an extra place in Penarth where residents and visitors can now admire, and smell the scent of, fresh wild-flowers -Dingle Park.

The park, a slice of land sandwiched between the railway line and Windsor Road, was originally given to Penarth Urban District Council in 1921 by the Earl of Plymouth but was neglected for many years until the local organisation the Friends of Dingle Park took it in hand.

The recent rain and the warm sunshine have brought the wild flowers into bloom at DIngle Park

The wild flower seed mix was specially developed a Kew Gardens

The “Friends” –  led by enthusiast Robert Donaldson – negotiated successfully with the Vale of Glamorgan Council to improve the park, install benches, maintain the grass and this year sow – for the first time – wild-flowers.

The entire seedbed will soon become a riot of colour as the wildflowers bloom

The entire seedbed will soon become a riot of colour as the wildflowers bloom

A central bed was sown with a seed mixture developed in Kew Gardens to give a natural and informal appearance. The recent rain and summer sunshine is now bringing those flowers to bloom. Stocks and alyssum are already in flower and more flowers are appearing almost by the day.

Dingle Park - a tranquil and pleasant place for people who know where it is

Dingle Park – a tranquil and pleasant place –  for people who happen to know where it is

Despite all the recent improvements, comparatively few Penarthians seem aware of Dingle Park and its tranquil atmosphere remains one of the town’s hidden treasures.

The same cannot be said though of Penarth Town Centre’s Clock Roundabout – the veritable hub of the town .

This year the town-centre roundabout has been left as bare earth

This year the town-centre roundabout has been left as bare earth

Traditionally the roundabout has always been planted with perennials to provide a splash of colour throughout most of the year – but evidently not this year

Back in the day Penarth's town centre roundabout was a more colourful place

Back in the 1960s Penarth’s town centre roundabout was a more colourful place

Local green campaigners have posted vintage postcards on social media contrasting the roundabout’s appearance today to the colourful look it once had in vintage postcards from times gone by . For the first time in years the roundabout is an arid desert where nothing grows – not even grass.

There was a half-hearted attempt to pave-over the roundabout during the winter (quite why no one seemed to know) – but then the paving slabs were removed again, leaving the roundabout – the central feature and “Piccadilly Circus” the entire town – as just bare earth.

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10 Responses to WILD-FLOWERS BLOOM IN PENARTH’S DINGLE PARK BUT WHAT ABOUT THAT ROUNDABOUT?

  1. 249ers says:

    In the 1950’s picture there is a blue car park sign. Is it pointing to the Esplanade or up towards Albert Road? If so was there a car park on Albert Road?

  2. Martin Coffee says:

    I was in Barry for the bus rally last weekend. I noticed that their roads are not in the same appalling condition as Penarth and that their flower beds are full of pretty flowers.

    What does Barry have against Penarth? It has to be said.

  3. 249ers says:

    Maybe some guerrilla gardening is called for here!

  4. Concerned Citizen says:

    I hope the Friends of the park are able to manage them better than those planted in Plymouth Park on the Marina. They were a riot of colour the first year, but subsequently have become just white daisies and grass, no cornflowers, poppies or anything with colour at all. I am no gardener, but someone who is, told me that these areas have to be carfully managed after the first season to prevent some species crowding the others out.

  5. johnm says:

    the vale shd hand the round-about over to yhe town council, and we ahd pay less council tax to barry.

  6. M davies says:

    The stunning planting in the Dingle makes the bleak greyness of the town centre even more miserable. At least the roundabout is now in tune with all the grey and black painted shop fronts. Larry Grayson would have been at home here!

  7. David Moorcraft says:

    I think it’s called “Displacement Activity” : ourDear Vale Council: instead of doing the things they SHOULD be doing : road upkeep, keeping Penarth’s trees and flowers as an asset to the town, they suddenly want to “Improve parks and open spaces in the North of the Town” with the inevitable Skate Park thrown in.
    With luck that will be designed by the same Architects responsible for the disastrous “Viewing Platform” now despoiling the previously beautiful Headland Park.
    Is ANYONE answerable ?!

  8. Johnabutt says:

    Last week there were two guys on the roundabout with weed killer spray packs spraying the few green weeds that had grown there. No chance of flowers after that!

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