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Easter on Leopold Field

We have promised the field we’ll be back by Easter, and we did. This time The Key was not a problem, so we could easily enter the field and have our little community egg hunt.

The children ran, looked for eggs and answered questions about eggs (Can you tell which one is the dinosaur’s egg and which is the robin’s?). The grownups threw eggs and ate and chat, and pretend not to help the little ones to find chocolate eggs in the grass. We felt a sense of community that is so right for such a place.

Now imagine how this field would look like as part of a really good community development plan. School children coming to grow food and play, a community garden and a place for people to forget about red bricks for a moment and enjoy the green space.

Public space

 By Peter Richardson

Shall we fly a kite?

Shall we let it soar?

Let’s use the leopold field

that’s what it’s for.

How do we get in?

How do we play?

There are locks and fences

that bar the way.

 

What’s so hard

for the community?

It’s easy councillors say.

you just borrow the key?

 

But, where is the key

to the padlock

on the gate

in the spiky fence

that protects the

public green space.

 

Start with Surestart

but they don’t know.

Try the children’s centre,

they tell you to phone

about the key

to the padlock

on the gate

in the spiky fence

that protects the

public green space.

 

Try the number

it isn’t right.

Another number

that’s also wrong.

Third time lucky

but just voice mail

so leave a message

about the key

to the padlock

on the gate

in the spiky fence

that protects the

public green space.

 

They do call back

and tell us who

has the key

to the padlock

on the gate

in the spiky fence

that protects the

public green space.

 

It’s back to the children’s centre

and ring once or twice.

It’s better to visit;

the caretakers the man

who has the key

to the padlock

on the gate

of the spiky fence

that protects the

public green space.

 

He’s sorry to say

that he had the key

to the padlock

on the gate

of the spiky fence

that protects the

public green space,

but now the council

have changed the padlock

on the gate

of the spiky fence

that protects the

public green space.

 

Shall we fly a kite?

Shall we let it soar?

Shall we use the Leopold field?

That’s what it’s for.

 

No, we never found the key

to the padlock

on the gate

of the spiky fence

that protects the

public green space.

 

We’ve gone shopping instead

and bought some bolt cutters.