January 2015 ....

Ha-ha ...

A map of Eastfield Park showing its main features now appears on the Welcome Page of this website - click on the map and the image should fill your screen! (Well, almost fill your screen!)

Over the past month, a number of people have viewed copies of this map on Facebook and elsewhere. More than one have asked what is meant by 'Ha-ha' (a feature shown on the northern boundary of the Park to the west of the Bullring).

Ha_ha_wall_diagram (1)

Simply speaking, a ha-ha is a sunken wall that prevents animals from entering a protected area but does not obstruct the view. According to Wikipedia, 'ha-ha' is 'an archaic French word for an unexpected obstacle or abruptly ending path.'

The Wikipedia article is worth reading and includes the illusration copied alongside (left).

There is a fine ha-ha surrounding the landscape gardens at Stowe, just 20 miles from Northampton - well worth a visit.

Haha

A picture of the ha-ha in Eastfield Park is shown alongside (right). It was taken in November 2011 when the wall was less obscured by vegetation. The fence on top of the wall now separates Eastfield Park from the Grounds of Manfield Grange. The bushes and fence would, of course, not have been there during the days of the Manfield Estate.

James Manfield would have been able to look out from the windows of Weston Favell House, over the lawn and the ha-ha, to the grazed parkland beyond. In the distance he would have seen an area of woodland where today the Eastfield Estate is located.

The draft Management Plan for Eastfield Park calls for part of the vegetation in front of the ha-ha to be cleared to give a view of the feature and at least a glimpse of the mansion in the background.

Once it has been approved, it will be possible to download a copy of the Management Plan from this website.

"Ha ha wall diagram" by 842U - photoshop Previously published: none. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ha_ha_wall_diagram.jpg

Other News ...

Motorcycle tracks - compressed

Recently, the Friends of Eastfield Park have received a number of complaints about people riding motorcycles on the Park. Apart from causing danger and extreme annoyance to Park users, the offenders damage the turf in the Park (above photo).

The Police have now dealt very effectively with some of the offenders. We understand that people have been arrested and motorbikes crushed. A big 'thank you' to the Police and let's hope that this will be a sufficient warning to other potential lawbreakers!

Dwarf daffs make an appearance - cut & comp

The dwarf daffodils, planted on the side of the Crescent Rock Garden facing away from the pond, are beginning to show through - hopefully a sign of good things to come in 2015!

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