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Arboretum

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This is the Arboretum. It was common land until 1870, when the city decided it would be a public park, and hired Edward Milner to design and build the Arboretum. It opened two years later.

It’s one of my favourite parts of Lincoln. I have vague memories of being here as a kid, but I don’t think we came here too often, as there were parks nearer to our house and my grandparents’ house.

I do remember being a bit freaked out by this lion, though.

And there’s a frisbee on top of this bandstand, which, I like to think is the same one I accidentally threw up there one summer’s afternoon in 1990 when a few friends and I decided the weather was too nice to spend working at art college.

There’s good memories of walking through here on my way to and from my first serious girlfriend’s house, too. It’s a splendid place to feel all loved-up.

What a great idea the Arboretum was. Yet again, though, it makes me a little bit sad that our generation isn’t going to leave much like this behind for future generations to enjoy. We’ll leave them shopping malls, with the occasional shitty plaza, full of bland benches, bland fake-Italian ice cream cafes, and bland children’s play areas; with lots of regulations describing what type of fun you’re allowed to have.

Written by Craig

December 26th, 2007 at 1:17 pm

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  1. That looks lovely. I do love stately big parks like that. The more lions the better.

    Anne

    26 Dec 07 at 2:38 pm

  2. I love walking around on very quiet days when everyone else is inside. It looks like a very nice park.

    I watched Finding Nemo too, and however much I watch it I still love it. (Monsters Inc. is on today and that it a splendid film and even though I don’t lilke kids much, the little girls in it is lovely.)

    Have a good rest of your christmas.

    natalie

    26 Dec 07 at 4:48 pm

  3. Dreamy. Thanks for sharing. Never seen anythihng like this before, only on my imagination.

    Miss P.

    Anonymous

    28 Dec 07 at 9:14 am

  4. My Grandma and Grandad met on that bench in the second picture!

    Em x

    em.

    29 Dec 07 at 1:34 pm

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