Golden Acre Park Leeds (My Patch part 3)
Golden Acre Park is the next part of what I consider to be “my patch”. Carry on following the path from Paul’s Pond and you will reach the park. It is a really well managed park for children, adults and children, with fantastic plants and trees, a lake with plenty of wildfowl, woods and a more open area. It is well frequented particularly with dog walkers within the woods and open areas. You can nearly always fine a quite spot to watch the birds, of which there are plenty.
I am fascinated with trees! So many shapes, sizes, height, width, colour, bark, patterns and leaves. I love the different seasons, seeing the deciduous trees change with time. I love it in the autumn when there are such gorgeous colours. Golden, brown, red, yellow and various shades of green.
Then spring when the leaves bud and start to uncurl. The beautiful fresh new born light green leaves that take up their own particular shape and pattern of veins underneath their surface.
In summer, the sunlight filtering through the leave paints dappled colours on the forest floor and in winter the snow coats the branches with pure white crystals.
There is a clearing in the park where some trees have been chopped down and the stumps left. This has become a favourite area to feed the birds and squirrels and get some photos. I have had great tits, robins and squirrels feeding out of my hand here.
The squirrels are quite tame and even though a lot of people see them as a menace, I love them, they are so funny and cute. Although it has to be said that our native red squirrel in by far superior in the looks department. More of that in another post. Its a real thrill having a wild animal eat from your hand.
There are some resident jays here who also will come quite close in order to pick up monkey nuts that I bring.
I love Golden Acre!