Clifton ings

So in a break from crafting I am delighted to be able to walk on Clifton ings again after the floods! The flowers are all back out and it looks like a beautiful meadow again! Elvis was also pleased. 


The ings has a fascinating history including being a racecourse, and the site of the North Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum (what a grim name!) 

The hospital was opened in the 1840s and a chapel was added in 1873. This is still there:

Clifton

The hospital apparently closed in the 90s…

In 2014 the ings became a site of special scientific interest due to all the wildlife: 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/30/york-flood-meadows-special-scientific-interest

There’s a small green beetle called the tansy beetle which only lives there:


I’m not too good with insects though so I don’t really spend my time looking for it! I’m just glad to have such a lovely place 5 minutes away!

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