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Parks facelift

PUBLISHED: 09:25 08 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:58 05 July 2010

I READ the comments (November 28) about Kensington Gardens and its proposed facelift.

As a member of the Salmon Postcard Study Group, I have been planning a group tour of the Lowestoft area in June 2009.

I READ the comments (November 28) about Kensington Gardens and its proposed facelift.

As a member of the Salmon Postcard Study Group, I have been planning a group tour of the Lowestoft area in June 2009.

We will be following in the footsteps of the watercolour artist Alfred Robert Quinton, who painted many of the local scenes, including The Lily Pond, Kensington Gardens. We find and compare all the sites where this prolific watercolourist sat down his easel.

And I have two views of the same scene to compare what it once looked like.

How disappointing it is to compare the same scenes today, especially Kensington Gardens and its lily pond, with overgrown shrubs, scruffy pathways, bare and barren flowerbeds and green, slimy and smelly ponds. Even Peter Pan has gone back to Neverland.

The outer gardens and the bowling green look pleasant enough but as you walk into the inner gardens you are greeted by a model boating lake that is run down and unused, apart from the ducks!

This could be made so much more children and adult-friendly.

A look at Cromer, where the boating lake has been enhanced with a café and outside chairs and tables and even yacht hire from the café. This was thriving on our last visit.

Here, the inner gardens, including the bridge and what used to be a lily pond, are in serious need of restoration and re-planting. Surely in the grand scheme of things a little time and effort and a little of the budget could be spent on this area so it could be brought back to its former glory.

How nice it would then be to sit, ponder and enjoy a picturesque garden and pond on a warm summer's day. Even the wildlife would enjoy that.

G POWELL

Blundeston

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