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Alas Poor Glasshouse, I knew it well.....

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Alas Poor Glasshouse, I knew it well.....

2 Dec 2020 8:00AM   Views : 375 Unique : 253

Once upon a time there was a Salford Parks Department that had a whole system of gardeners and workmen looking after parks, tennis courts, mini golf courses, boating lakes and even glasshouses. It's the last one I'm referring to today, because in Buile Hill Park there was a magnificent glasshouse full of exotic plants, but also fish, brightly coloured birds, butterflies and a fantastic tropical section where the damp heat would hit you like a wall when you entered. Here's a picture of my Mum in the glasshouse, somewhere around 1969.
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Sadly, funding cuts and whatever else was going on behind the scenes put paid to all of it, and by 2005 the glasshouse looked like this.
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How could anyone let such a valuable resource fall into such disrepair? The Parks Department buildings behind this are equally derelict and the whole place has been reduced to a mess. We intend to go back and get an updated set of images. Unfortunately fencing and atrocious weather hampered our last attempt a couple of years ago.
I have seen it reported that one problem is that renovating would need the use of new security glass and that is too heavy for the wooden structure to support. If that is the case perhaps we should be looking at acrylic or some other solution, but surely this is not only a problem here and others around the world must have found solutions.
I don't like to see advancing dereliction of things that were once so fine, especially as in the early stages it is avoidable. It is nonetheless a case for making sure we record what we currently think of as normal, because it disappears very quickly and becomes another kind of photographic interest, Beauty In Decay.

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altitude50 16 21.2k United Kingdom
2 Dec 2020 10:34AM
I sometimes wonder if these 'authorities' realise what destruction they are causing to our way of life? 'They' might think that there are good reasons financially.

For the last 10 years the whole infrastructure of the police has literally been torn down. Large towns have had their established police buildings replaced by retirement homes or just boarded up police stations. Once nearly adequate numbers of officers are being pared down to a shadow force.
The results are only just beginning to be realised.
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