Fourth gold award running for Friends of Pannett Park

Friends of Pannett Park with their gold rose award from Yorkshire in Bloom
Friends of Pannett Park with their gold rose award from Yorkshire in Bloom

Whitby’s Friends of Pannett Park is delighted the park has achieved a Yorkshire Gold Rose Award in the Yorkshire in Bloom’s country houses, estates, parks and gardens category.

This is the fourth consecutive gold award, having achieved silver gilt in the first year of entering.

The green man, symbol of rebirth, sculpture on a rotted cherry tree in Pannett Park

The green man, symbol of rebirth, sculpture on a rotted cherry tree in Pannett Park

The Yorkshire in Bloom judge, Steve Bumby, compiled a list of comments arising from his visit in July including the following:

* It is a fine example of how a public park should be presented and cared for, which is due solely to the working partnership of dedicated staff and very enthusiastic and committed volunteers. Every town should have one.

* The sheer range and quality of interesting features in the park, maintained to a high standard and all with links to Whitby or the history of the park, was impressive.

Since their success with the park last year the Friends’ group has worked hard to

Steve Iredale's sculpture of two owls, on the trunk of a pear tree in Whitby's Pannett Park

Steve Iredale's sculpture of two owls, on the trunk of a pear tree in Whitby's Pannett Park

improve some of its areas and is especially pleased by the addition of two new

pieces of artwork.

Both are carvings using the trunks of trees which have finally succumbed to old age.

These were carved, using a chainsaw, by Steve Iredale, who has previously created other pieces in the play area and Little Park.

The first to be fashioned, on the wild flower embankment, used the trunk of a pear tree which was planted when the area was a market garden with an orchard.

It features two owls on protruding branches with pears, leaves, squirrels and birds on the main trunk. The second carving used the base of what had been a very large cherry tree. This had rotted away internally but enough height and girth remained for Steve to transform this into the Pannett Park take on a green man, which is generally interpreted as a symbol of rebirth and represents the cycle of growth each spring.

It is sited in the woodland area and it is hoped both carvings will be with the park for a long time to come.