The Bailey Hill Park – Yesterday; Today and Tomorrow by Eira Hughes, Chair of Friends of Bailey Hill
Bringing you right up to date with the development of Bailey Hill in Mold, is this much anticipated presentation by Eira Hughes. It complements the one given by David Rowe and Jo Lane during the Festival last year.
Eira is Chair of the Friends of Bailey Hill – Ffrindiau Bryn y Beili charity, a former landscape architect, town and country planner, and regeneration and conservation specialist.
Her presentation will be in English, on Zoom, and concentrates on Bailey Hill’s development, use and further enhancement as a park. The main themes will be:
YESTERDAY: how a post-glacial sandy hill, later much reshaped, then repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt as a Medieval castle; deteriorated into bare wasteland: and was enclosed and tree-planted to form a private parkland and garden in the late C18th / early C19th. How it was used by the local community for leisure and to promote local Welsh culture, and then became a public park during the late C19th – not long after Daniel Owen came to prominence as a local novelist revealing the social conditions of the age in Mold.
TODAY: covers the Friends conclusions on the extent of influence of the famous landscape designer, Edward Kemp. He produced an advisory report on the site in 1871 on the scope for improving the new, publicly owned, Bailey Hill Park. Eira will explain the overall ‘look’ adopted with floriferous beds, and much use of pre 1920s/1930s plants, in a woodland setting; and other work to beautify and conserve the wider wooded areas of the Park.
TOMORROW: will identify a few new challenges emerging, even as the future use of the Park has been secured. These include the threat to the tree canopy from tree diseases; the need for very sensitive interpretation and use of the revamped Park; and scope for further minor enhancements to the Park and its environs in the years ahead.The presentation will mention aspects of parks and gardens history and parks’ best practice of relevance to Bailey Hill. It will touch upon the connections with Daniel Owen, and relevant works of literature and art.