Saturday, August 16, 2008

Summer? II

Some further images of Battlefield in Summer(?) ...

First, some Common Adenostyles, obviously a garden escape.

Next a lovely Grey Poplar, Populus x canescens

A view of the combined cycle way and footpath. It wends through the overhanging trees which I can remember as 'stick' plantings back in the mid 1970s.

The old paint factory site subject now of a planning application. At least the plants and birds have it to themselves for the moment.

Cyclone fencing around the site, 'gravel' invaded by plants.

It seems less and less likely that the scheme to erect eight tower blocks for 500 plus dwellings will go ahead due to the "credit crunch" and the economic outlook impinging on developers profit margins.

This is the quiet time for Battlefield, despite the summer holidays and the schools being closed. When students return in mid to late September the cycle path will be busy with pedestrians and cyclists hurrying between the Universities of Newcastle and Northumbria and the student digs spread across the suburb of Heaton.

A post on my thoughts on the architecture and possibilities for future sympathetic development of the Battlefield area and neighbouring Lower Ouseburn will appear shortly. 

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