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Chevin, Past, Present, Future.

Richard Marsh

8th Oct 2009

Covering over 400 acres with its highest point just below 1,000 feet Chevin Forest Park once owned by the people of Otley is now owned by Leeds Metropolitan District. It is managed by  Leeds City Council Parks and Countryside Service.

 One of their employees, Richard Marsh, who has five years experience of estate management  on the Chevin gave us an enthusiastic talk and slide show about the Chevin area that he manages. He conveniently split the park into its two areas, Yorkgate and Danefield. The area just north of Yorkgate that contains the White House has been public land for many years but Danefield was a gift from the Horton Fawkes family just after the Second World War in memory of the men of the Wharfe valley who lost their lives in that conflict.

 

The two areas separated by East Chevin Road each provide opportunities for people to enjoy countryside experiences. There are footpaths and bridleways for walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders as well as a permanent orienteering course. Rock climbing is another energetic pastime seen in the park but for the less energetic there is an abundance of wildlife and plants to be seen during the four seasons of the year. There are even rumours of Churchill and Roosevelt meeting close to the park.

For this fine talk Richard was thanked by John Morgan.


Our next meeting is on Thursday 22nd October at 10-00am in Otley Civic Centre when Mr Geoff Queen, who is renowned for the high quality of his talks, will give us his view of being ďA Resident of the DalesĒ.

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