My Heart-My Home Part 2

Saturday, March 01, 2014

I've been a bit quiet this week, sorry. Just been shattered and super busy so had to step back a bit, but a good friend of mine has asked me to do a post about something important to him and I can't say no to that!!
I wasn't planning on doing a follow up to the My Heart-My Home post but this ties in perfectly, so welcome to My Heart-My Home part 2.

So like I said a friend of mine reminded me on Tuesday evening about two beautiful parts of Aberdeen and asked me to raise some awareness. These are Victoria and Westburn Park.

I spent a lot of my childhood in Westburn Park and then along with the rest of the city (and me) it aged and fell behind in my mind. I still remember the cute little stone bridge, tennis courts, and acres of greenery were perfect for a summer's day learning to rollerblade, or ride my bike, but it seems in recent years the park has been forgotten about by both the city's residents and the council.

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Victoria Park/Gardens used to be known for its abundance of Roses and the gorgeous scents that hit your nose when you walked in- growing up I always used to refer to it as the "blind people" park (in only a way a completely innocent child could) because you did not need to be able to see it to know it was beautiful. Then of course it to began to age and begin to fade into being just another open space surrounded by roads and new builds. Right in the centre of Victoria Park is a beautiful old-style fountain which lies empty and unattended, what could be a beautiful centrepiece for a summer-time picnic is simply a dusty old relic taking up perfect picnic space (and this saddens me). 

This is the photo of what the fountain used to look like, courtesy of the council website.

But shows us what it has been turned into through lack of maintenance.

Thankfully for these two beautiful green spaces a community group has come together to address the issues of the parks and they aim to return them to their former glory. In much the same way Friends of Duthie Park has worked to make Duthie the best it can be, Friends of Victoria and Westburn Park have formed out of a need to see true beauty returned to our city. 

The group are looking for members that are interested in being a part of a team that has Aberdeen's best interests at heart. I will not pretend to be an expert on what FoVWP are currently doing, but I intend to keep up-to-date by liking their Facebook Page, and following them on Twitter, and I would love it if you guys would do it too. Of course if you have time to help the team then definitely do that too!!

Much Love

1 comment

  1. Thank you Amanda! he group meets the first Monday of the Month in the Westburn Lounge! at 7:30, the next being Monday 3rd of March!