The kind of Park I like to see.

Last year, I spotted a park in Pamplona that had a section planted with wild flowers. It was a beautiful sight in late spring and all during summer, and attracted all the passers-by. Including kids who couldn’t resist plucking a few blooms – and good luck to them (if only I could convince a certain 70-year-old to stop plucking the orchids she comes across on her walks in the country – she does it knowing I’ll give out to her if I see the flowers later…).

This year I’ve seen another park, not too far away, in the town of Mutilva, which gave me another emotional lift to see that not every park needs to consist of close-shaved grass.

 

20160425_171501They have only mowed the grass along the verge of the paths, and a few extra paths to walk through the grass between the unmown sections, inviting visitors to stroll through the meadow and get close to the wildflowers that are already coming up and blooming – the kids will just go straight into those flowers.

20160425_171348It also means the hillside will be greener for longer this summer when the rains stop and it won’t need to be watered – like much of the public gardens here.

20160425_171410The smell of cut grass is nice, but the scent of wildflowers that blew down the hillside when I just took a walk there was a whole lot better.

It’s not the only park in this suburb, and many of the others have only daisies and shorn dandelions today, but it’s nice to see even one exception to the rule of lawns, so good on the town council. I hope their example will be followed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About davidjmobrien

Writer, ecologist and teacher

Posted on May 1, 2016, in Ecology, rewilding, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. today I read in the local newspaper – which is run by a group of people who hate the local government – a spurious article complaining about leaving the grass grow in Pamplona’s parks, and one of the photos is the wildflower garden. Seems some people are just unable to get past the manicured park model… sad.
    http://www.diariodenavarra.es/noticias/navarra/pamplona_comarca/pamplona/2016/05/03/descuido_los_parques_pamplona_451955_1702.html

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