Captain Sandys-Winsch

Captain Sandys-Winsch

Captain Arnold Edward Sandys-Winsch (1888 – 1964) was born in Knutsford, Cheshire. He attended Cheshire Horticultural College, becoming a landscape architect, and was articled to the renowned landscape architect, Thomas Mawson. During the 1914-1918 world war he was first with the Royal Field Artillery, then attached to the Air Service as a pilot and was finally with the British Army of Occupation. In 1919 he became Parks Superintendent in Norwich, a post he held for 34 years.In the early 1920s it was proposed that he use men unemployed after demobilisation to help construct some of the Norwich parks, a job he clearly carried out with dedication and meticulous attention to detail. At the time Norwich had very few open spaces (Chapelfield Gardens was one of them) but when he retired Norwich had about 600 acres of parks and open spaces. Sandys-Winsch also created model allotments and organised the planting of some 20,000 trees in the parks and streets. Norwich Corporation sought to provide for the recreational needs of Norwich citizens and the Captain proved just the person to turn their vision into reality. Because of his army career, he seems to have taken a rather military approach to the task of creating parks in Norwich but there is no doubt that, in his time as Parks Superintendent, he changed radically the appearance of Norwich and created green spaces on a huge scale for the future enjoyment of everyone. We should remember him for this. Sandys-Winsch was also a national authority on growing and judging daffodils and an active member of the Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society. Read more in...
Green Flag Update

Green Flag Update

Eaton Park has retained its Green Flag for a second year. This places our park alongside other great parks in our region such as the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmund, the Walks in Kings Lynn, Oaklands Park in Chelmsford and Verulamium in St Albans. Nationally Eaton Park is now up with Hyde Park and Green Park in London, Sefton Park in Liverpool, and Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow. Warm thanks to the Parks and Open Spaces team at Norwich City Council who manage the park and to the Norwich Norse Environmental team who work so hard to maintain the grounds and gardens. Read more...
Art in the Park

Art in the Park

Last summer I noticed a shout out on Twitter for parks to host ‘art walks’. A few emails and a year later, artists Jo Dacombe and Carol Miles arrived with their wheelie trollies of materials and loads of great ideas. Rather nicely it was the start of Love Parks Week. Despite a rainy start 26 people joined them in three sessions that combined walking and looking with chatting and making. It was great fun! Jo and Carol loved with Eaton Park and we loved the installations they made for us. Read about the project here. Helen Mitchell, Chair Friends of Eaton...