THE LILY POND
The Lily Pond is enclosed by walls, with access through gates at each end. In the earlier years the gates were kept locked, and any children who managed to get over the wall to the pond would be in trouble if caught by the Park Warden! Nowadays access to the pond is encouraged, and although there are gates, they are not locked, and a new ramp makes disabled access possible. The pond level can drop alarmingly during the summer, but otherwise there is a reasonable range of flora and fauna in the pond, and sometimes in the early morning a few mallard ducks, and even a heron, can be seen there.
WOODEN SCULPTURE & MONKEY-PUZZLE TREES
These are located next to the Lily Pond. The carving was originally commissioned in 1992, and was carved from a solid 5 ton block of oak by Jonathan Mulvaney, a process which took over 3 months. The different characters are intended to represent the multicultural nature of our society. Jonathan returned in 2011 to carry out renovation of the work.
The mosaic was created by Maggie Howarth in 1992, and is close to the entrance to Priory Hall. The diamond shapes show the points of the compass, while the centre circle depicts scenes of the life of the monks in the Priory. The mosaic was cleaned and renovated by the original artist in 2011.
The ornamental rose garden is located immediately to the east of Priory Hall, and in the summer it is a riot of colour. During 2013 the paving was replaced and much work was done on restoring the walls.
In 2013 the central avenue running from the northern end in Woodland Avenue up to the Pavilion near the centre of the Park was repaved, disabled access was improved, and a great deal of replanting of trees and roses was carried out.
As a result, we feel the avenue is now even better than it was in the middle of the 20th century