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(from the Floral Trail)
A new guide to encourage visitors to discover and explore historic Highbury Park has been published as part of King's Heath Floral Trail's entry into Britain in Bloom 2012. Artist Catharine Clarke and ecologist Ellen Pisolkar, who are both local residents, have collaborated to publish the first illustrated guide to this much loved park. And Catharine's illustrations for the guide are on display until 17 September at an exhibition at All Saints' Centre in the Village Square. Starting from the High Street entrance to the park at 11 am on Saturday 28 July they will also lead a discovery walk round the park ending with a visit to the exhibition.
The guide celebates the park's rich history formed by the tapestry of the three estates - Highbury, Uffculme and the Henburys - and includes a timeline that records significant events in the development of the park from the Bronze Age to the present day. It also highlights some of the magnificent flora and fauna to be found in the park during the whole year as well as showing visitors some of the park's secret corners, layers of history and wildlife.
Copies of the guide can be picked up at the exhibition in All Saints' Centre, the Library, the Community Centre and many other local outlets.
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