The Lester Library
Bernard Lester was a Headmaster at Halton Moor, Talbot and Moor Allerton Hall Schools between 1955 and 1974. He was also Master of Ceremonies at Roundhay Park’s Children’s Days (he was known apparently as “Bernie the Mike”!).In 2005, Bernard’s family contacted our FoRP suggesting that they would like to make a donation in order to create a lasting memorial to their father. It was decided to have something which combined Bernard’s love of the Park, children’s education and reading, so a book-case/cupboard unit and 200+ books were purchased.School children visiting the Education Centre have use of copies of books, especially selected for their age-groups. The contents are wide-ranging, including aspects of Roundhay Park and parks in general, – there’s a whole range of books on geology, flora/fauna, the natural world and a section of books about Leeds over the years
A Gift of Bulbs
The family of a cancer victim gifted 5000 daffodil bulbs which were planted by FoRP and family members, assisted by pupils from Kerr Mackie Primary School to form part of the Marie Curie Field of Hope which presents a colourful spring walk around the park.
One of our late members, a keen supporter of ForP and a keen photographer of the park, is remembered by the two trees, a Dawn Redwood and a Copper Beech gifted by his family, which are planted in the area of the Ravine as part of the project to restore the Ravine Arboretum.
An outdoor classroom
We have recently received a sizeable bequest which will enable us to undertake a significant project to enhance the park. One suggestion being discussed is to redesign and improve a currently neglected area between Canal Gardens and the Tennis Courts and make it into an outdoor classroom and learning area for the many school groups who visit Tropical World and the Park.