George fighting for Landseer Park improvements to revisit name carved in tree

George Garnham with his dog Lily.

George Garnham with his dog Lily.

An Ipswich campaigner is continuing to fight for improvements to the woodland paths in Landseer Park to make it accessible for wheelchair users.

Letter to George Garnham from Ipswich Borough Council.

Letter to George Garnham from Ipswich Borough Council. - Credit: Archant

George Garnham spearheaded a petition in 2012 that was signed by more than 100 park-users and handed in to Ipswich Borough Council.

The 76-year-old received a response in December saying the council was “currently assessing” the path’s condition and that action would be taken where possible - but nothing has yet been done.

Mr Garnham, who grew up in Landseer Road, used to play in the park as a child and carved his name into one of the trees at the age of 14.

However, in 1979, Mr Garnham was struck by a piece of steel while working at the train ferry terminal at Harwich and has since relied on the use of a wheelchair to get around, making it difficult for him to visit the park because the paths are too rough and bumpy, he said.

Landseer Park, Ipswich.

Landseer Park, Ipswich.

“I would really love to go through the woods and up to the old elm trees where my name is still carved, I remember doing that in 1954,” he said.

“It’s not a long path but it would be really nice to go amongst the trees and sit down and have a little bit of nostalgia, it was a big part of my childhood.”

Most Read

Mr Garnham, who has 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, said he hoped to be able to take his family down to the park to enjoy it like he did as a youngster.

He raised the issue at a meeting of the Friends of Landseer Park around two weeks ago because the group was recently awarded £500 from the East of England Co-op token scheme.

Friends chairwoman Tara Jones said the money would be used for new children’s play equipment in the park.

She added: “While we support George and any improvements made to Landseer Park we are following an action plan made from the results of our local community survey.”

An Ipswich Borough Council spokesman said: “We have been made aware of these concerns, and will look at what improvements can be made to enable access for all in Landseer Park.”