Words from a bench

As part of Rowntree Park’s centenary year celebrations in 2021, we relaunched ‘Words from a bench’

‘Words From A Bench’ is a project we started in 2013 and it ran for a few years before a few more years break. relaunched in 2021 with the aim of encouraging reflections, recollections and creative imaginings of Rowntree Park, along the themes of ‘escape’, ‘the outdoors’, ‘nature’ and ‘the park’. Two sets of poems and stories were displayed in the Park from April to November 2021 and you could access them via QR codes. You can read them using the links below.

Within the collection you’ll find moments of laughter, poignancy and occasional ‘naughty’ behaviour, which we do not encourage! Aside from occasional light editing for clarity, all submissions are the author’s original work and voice. We hope you enjoy reading them.

All stories and poems can also be accessed using the links below.

Set 2 Displayed July until September 2021:

Ordinary Socks – Adela Parzanese

Thank you, Dear Rowntree, for your lovely park – Mieke Jackson

Memories from a local lad – Tony Huntington

The Amazon Song – Kate Newton (age 13)

Pedal Down – Natalie Roe

Sun Blazes In The Sky – Oscar Watson (age 6)

If We Stare Long Enough – Caroline Cox

The Park – Mary Baker

A Park Bench Love Story – Gavin Lewis

Rowntree Park Is Very Big – Summer Langhorn (age 13)

A Sestina for the Trees – Elizabeth Stanforth-Sharpe

A Walk Through Rowntree’s – Lucas Cowley (age 8)

The Last Hotel – Jonathan Brown

I Wake Up on August 9th – Imogen Brewer (age 12)

The squirrels, the boy and the bread – Susana Cortes

Corvus Girl – Kathleen Swan

The Painted Lady Dances – Rebecca Sutcliffe (age 12)

Rowntree Park Lake – Bill Beaumont

Snow – Logan Pawley (age 7)

Our Bench – Duncan Bartlett

Through autumn, summer, winter and spring – Kate Brown

Set 1 displayed April to July 2021

I can’t wait till it’s over – Angela Peacock

And on that day when – Katy Jenkins

The snow fox Charlotte Hudson

Weeds – Sally Mitchum

Fox in the Park -Nate Reason

Ain’t Nature Grand? – Joy Myerscough

Sparrows drink from morning dew – Jet Liversedge

Rowntree Park – John Ostyn

As the white flakes of snowEdward Shakeshaft

Bubbles – Dinks

I went for a walk in Rowntree Park– Ian Durham

There’s a light – Estelle Villas

To tennis at Rowntree Park – Rosie Cantrell

Thoughts flow – Abby Levers

Springtime Forest – LuLu Morris

A good view – Jeanette Sparnenn

Ducks – Max Stampfer-Todd

On Beauty, War, Remembrance and… Geese – Dave Rowsell

The Nature of Rowntree Park – Alisha Langhorn

The park is closed today – Daniela Nunnari

Clifton Green Primary School – 6G

Clifton Green Primary School – 6PM

Thank you to our volunteer editors; Karen Hill Green, Gayle Johnson and Nicky Kippax. Also huge thanks to all who contributed a story or poem to this project.