The Marton estate is a fascinating stretch of land with an eclectic history. From tenanted farm land to the park we know and love today, the changing of hands and developments made to the land have been vast. We’ve blogged in the past about the spirits of the Central Lodge being unhappy with the recent restoration, but looking back at the history of the estate, it seems that the workers may not be the only ones upset by transformations…
Hello, my name is Ann Thomas and I‘m part of the Friends of Stewart Park group. The Friends were formed 10 years ago to support the Heritage Lottery Fund bid to restore and renovate the park’s buildings and grounds. Today we continue to raise funds for the park and promote it as a major attraction. We also work with park staff on practical tasks and on agreed projects.
Stewart Park is often called “the jewel in Middlesbrough’s crown” – quite rightly in my opinion – and was given to the people of Middlesbrough as a public park in 1928. There have been many changes over the years, the latest being the arrival of Askham Bryan College who are in the process of renovating and developing the Central Lodge as their Middlesbrough campus. The park is approximately 120 acres of open parkland where you are free to come to learn, run, walk and play and yet you can still find a quiet spot to sit and watch the wildlife and birds or simply admire the wonders of nature.
Some of my favourite spots in the park are the restored walled garden next to the Bolckow Visitor Centre, with its summer house and wide variety of plants, the temple with its colourful flower bed surrounded by some of the park’s specimen trees and the arboretum near the Captain Cook commemorative vase with its glorious displays of foliage throughout the year.
You probably have some different ideas about your favourite place in the park – if so then why not post them here, with a photo if you wish, and tell us why you chose that spot?