ROUNDWOOD PARK

Here you will find some information about Roundwood Park and you will be able to watch some of the creative responses that the park inspired us to make.

 

If you are looking for Gladstone Park, click HERE

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Photos provided by Brent Museum and Archive

Roundwood park was opened on 11th May 1895 by R.D.M. Littler QC, chariman of Middlesex County council.

The site was formerly used as a shooting range, but since its opening, Roundwood park has always been devoted to floral displays and a relaxing quiet environment.

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When Roundwood Park was opened, some beautiful things were said about the park. 

 

A Willesden Chronicle reporter saw the opening week as follows:

"Saturday, Sunday, and all the whole week have seen thousands of visitors, enchanted with the coolness of the top of the hill and the sight of the wooded country all around… Visitors on Saturday divided their time between the hilltop and the lovely crescent beds of bright red and pure white tulips near the gates, the purple ones higher up – shedding their petals alas! – and the pretty narcissi and yellow azaleas elsewhere."

Have a look  at an Easy Read Introduction to the park with some of the facts that we learned about Roundwood Park.

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Inspired by Roundwood Park

We created a Spoken word piece inspired by Roundwood Park. We were impressed by the use of words back then, but we are thankful that these days communication is also very visual. Have a look at this original piece and take the opportunity to learn some Makaton signs.

Take a look around the park, does anything inspire you? Maybe you can write a poem inspired by your surroundings. Send us your poems contact@rootprintstheatre.co.uk

Roundwood Park: A veritable Garden of Eden

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Have a look at the Easy Read version we used to get inspired.

At the time of Roundwood Park's opening in 1895 it was described as a “veritable garden of Eden, without the serpent”.

The main architect was Oliver Claude Robson.

On the drinking fountain near the main gates, there is a plaque commemorating the park's opening and remembering Oliver Claude Robson. 

We imagined how we would have reacted if we had taken part in the opening ceremony and created a movement piece inspired by our ideas and what we learned about the grand opening,

Roundwood Park and the birds in the aviary

If you go to Roundwood Park you should visit the aviary. 

The aviary was constructed in 1956 and is home to a number of species of birds, including Buderigars (Budgies), Cockatiels, Canaries, Quails and Zebra Finches.

But in 1963, the aviary was victim of bird theft, with 100 budgeriars being stolen at night.

 

We thought about the birds in the aviary, how do they move inside the cage? What kind of birds can you find? And we tried to imagine how this brid theft took place.

We created a movement piece based on our ideas.

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Roundwood Park and the case of the missing birds

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Did you kow that on the night of 23rd September 1963, bird thieves entered Roundwood Park when no one was around?

The thieves cut the wire of the Aviary and took 100 Budgeries,

 

The next morning, the park constable found that only 4 lonely birds were left in the Aviary

 

This Silent Film was inspired by the case of Roundwood Park's missing birds.

 

Thinking about robberies and heritage inspired us to create our own silent films around the theme of theft.

Now it's your turn to be inspired

Go to your local park, have a look around, take some time to breathe and get inspired by your surroudings.

We would love to see what you come up with, send us your videos, songs, photos, drawings, or whatever you create to contact@rootprintstheatre.co.uk

Need more inspiration? Have a look at what we created after learning about Gladstone Park.

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