With paintbrush in hand and poised at my easel, my only dilemma was 'What shall I paint?'. So, with my camera at the ready and with the most beautiful park at my disposal, I set off to find some magical, subject matter.
I was confronted with so many wonderful sites, that I was spoilt for choice and would have to make some serious decisions as to what should be my next artistic project.
My following photo's were all taken in Stanley Park
So, for those of you interested, here is a little information about Stanley Park
Stanley Park is a masterpiece of landscape design and historical splendour. Known as one of the regions finest parks and voted Blackpool’s most favourite location, the three hundred and ninety acre park is a landmark in its own right, offering a magical blend of architecture, horticulture and recreation. The naturalised backdrop of woodlands and lakes embraces visitors and transports them to an environment rich in tranquillity.
The park abounds in wildlife and its features appeal to the naturalist, the plant lover or one who would do nothing more than relax in elegant surroundings. The park been registered Grade II on the National Register of Historical Parks and Gardens as well as been nominated a National Green Flag Award.
Blackpool Mayor and MP Sir Albert Lindsey Parkinson acquired the land for parkland in the 1920’s. The Council subsequently commissioned its design to renowned architects T.H. Mawson and Sons. The park was officially opened in 1926 by the 17th Earl of Derby and Sir George Edward Villiers Stanley, in whose honour it was named. The park received Grade II* status on the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens in 1995 and benefited from a five million pound Heritage Lottery Fund restoration in 2007.
|Sir Albert Lindsey Parkinson|
Delightful horticultural displays can be found throughout the park. Do not miss the Italian Gardens, water fountains, statues, Rose Gardens and Remembrance Garden. Admire the impressive Cocker Tower, a memorial to Blackpool’s first Mayor Dr William Cocker, bandstand and ornamental bridges over the lake.